Rethink Waste

Thank you for your submission, this stage of the community engagement has finished.

Marrickville’s Draft Rethink Waste Strategic Plan is now on open for comment.


What is its purpose?

The Rethink Waste Strategic Plan will shift current waste and resource management thinking and action to a sustainable, responsive model that focuses on avoidance and reduced consumption, reuse and recycling as the means to achieve a more liveable, sustainable community over the next ten years.


Where are we at now?

In the baseline year of 2011/2012 63% of materials from Council-related activity (residential and Council waste material) was going to landfill; and 37% was being diverted through recycling and greenwaste services.

What goes in the red bin


How was the plan developed?

Council reviewed at its existing work in this area and other best practise examples. This information was added to material gathered from community surveys and workshops of demographically representative residents who were recruited from across the LGA. The community who took part shaped the key focus areas for the plan.


The plan

This Strategic Plan is a ten year document with four key areas of focus to move Marrickville towards becoming a community which is rethinking its relationship with waste.

Each of the focus areas has a series of objectives and targets and will have a four year Action Plan developed to support it.

The key areas of focus are:

  • Empower the community to embrace avoidance, reuse and recycling (example target - The generation of domestic waste destined for landfill has reduced by 59% from 279kg pp/year to 114kg pp/year)

  • Eliminate the concept of organic waste (example target - The amount of food waste has reduced by 50% from 103kg pp/year to 51.5kg pp/year)

  • Establish a mainstream reuse culture (example target - 50% of all materials collected by Council through the booked clean up service or illegal dumping are being reused, recovered, or recycled)

  • Embed responsiveness into Council policy and services (example target - Recycling and reuse from Council operations reflects community rates)


Read the plan here

You can have your say here.



    What happens next?

    Feedback closes on Friday 15 August 2014. All the submissions received will be collated into a report to the elected Council, which will be posted on Your Say Marrickville. The Councillors will consider the report at a Council meeting and will take the community’s wishes into account where possible when deciding whether to adopt the draft Rethink Waste Strategic Plan without changes, with changes or not to adopt it. Everyone who provides their email address as part of the submission process will be contacted with the date of that Council meeting.



    Marrickville’s Draft Rethink Waste Strategic Plan is now on open for comment.


    What is its purpose?

    The Rethink Waste Strategic Plan will shift current waste and resource management thinking and action to a sustainable, responsive model that focuses on avoidance and reduced consumption, reuse and recycling as the means to achieve a more liveable, sustainable community over the next ten years.


    Where are we at now?

    In the baseline year of 2011/2012 63% of materials from Council-related activity (residential and Council waste material) was going to landfill; and 37% was being diverted through recycling and greenwaste services.

    What goes in the red bin


    How was the plan developed?

    Council reviewed at its existing work in this area and other best practise examples. This information was added to material gathered from community surveys and workshops of demographically representative residents who were recruited from across the LGA. The community who took part shaped the key focus areas for the plan.


    The plan

    This Strategic Plan is a ten year document with four key areas of focus to move Marrickville towards becoming a community which is rethinking its relationship with waste.

    Each of the focus areas has a series of objectives and targets and will have a four year Action Plan developed to support it.

    The key areas of focus are:

    • Empower the community to embrace avoidance, reuse and recycling (example target - The generation of domestic waste destined for landfill has reduced by 59% from 279kg pp/year to 114kg pp/year)

    • Eliminate the concept of organic waste (example target - The amount of food waste has reduced by 50% from 103kg pp/year to 51.5kg pp/year)

    • Establish a mainstream reuse culture (example target - 50% of all materials collected by Council through the booked clean up service or illegal dumping are being reused, recovered, or recycled)

    • Embed responsiveness into Council policy and services (example target - Recycling and reuse from Council operations reflects community rates)


    Read the plan here

    You can have your say here.



      What happens next?

      Feedback closes on Friday 15 August 2014. All the submissions received will be collated into a report to the elected Council, which will be posted on Your Say Marrickville. The Councillors will consider the report at a Council meeting and will take the community’s wishes into account where possible when deciding whether to adopt the draft Rethink Waste Strategic Plan without changes, with changes or not to adopt it. Everyone who provides their email address as part of the submission process will be contacted with the date of that Council meeting.



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        Thank you for your submission, this stage of the community engagement has finished.