Upper Hunter Shire Council is finding out what is going into waste and recycling bins.
EC Sustainable Pty Ltd, a contractor to Council, will be surveying and collecting the contents of a sample of domestic waste and recycling bins across the Shire, for two weeks from Monday 8 August 2016.
The audit is designed to assist Council assess and improve the effectiveness of the current waste and recycling service, future education campaigns and infrastructure planning.
Mayor Wayne Bedggood said the audit will help guide how Council manages waste.
“The audit will identify what types of recyclable materials and waste the community generates and how much of each category is recovered for recycling or discarded,” Cr Bedggood said.
“Council can then identify the feasibility of enhancing its recycling efforts and the potential for cost savings.
“When you know what you generate, how much you generate and where you generate it, you will manage waste cost-effectively and in a more environmentally friendly manner.”
The data will not only determine the quantity and type of waste being generated but also provide a measure performance against current waste plans and targets, identify areas of non-compliance, opportunities for cost savings and efficiency gains and measure performance against best practice.
Over the fortnight, the contractor will be surveying and collecting waste from domestic and recycling from the bins of a small number of randomly selected households.
Collections will take place from the kerbside on the normal collection day.
Conditions of the project prohibit the public reporting of any specific details related to any individual household or personal information. The information collected on recycling patterns will only be used in an aggregated form.
Households have not been notified individually as to which household will be assessed to avoid changing resident disposal behaviour.
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.