Barwon South West Kerbside Waste, Recycling and Organics Audit Project
The Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group (BSWWRRG) is excited to once again work with its 9 member councils to undertake a Barwon South West Kerbside Waste, Recycling and Organics Audit project in 2021, funded under the Barwon South West Local government Program. This project is funded by councils through this program, with BSWWRRG providing supplementary funding support. BSWWRRG has partnered with the City of Greater Geelong to host the Request for Tender of eProcure, City of Greater Geelong’s tender hosting service. The Tender has been developed to require that contractors provide a methodology to consistently audit each council’s kerbside materials, focusing on provide material composition breakdowns for each provided kerbside service. This way the results can be rolled up for regional averages as well as providing points for comparison between each council. This information is integral to assess regional kerbside service performance, assess educational program performance and strategic direction as well as provide the region an understanding of their material composition to assist in commercial interactions.
This is an exciting opportunity to update the previous kerbside audit data from the previous regional kerbside audit project, undertaken in 2018. In this time we have seen incredibly vast changes and challenges in the waste and resource recovery sector. This has included the State Government ban on E-waste to landfill, expansion of food organics and garden organics (FOGO) services by councils in the Barwon South West, SKM recycling facility closures and associated issues with recycling confidence and continuity, COAG bans on export of certain recycled materials and brand new council kerbside glass collections. The announced Recycling Victoria Policy and impending Container Deposit Scheme are two major policies and changes to the recycling market, shepherding in a State Government supported era of circular economy principles and initiatives for the waste and resource recovery sector.
The Barwon South West Kerbside Waste, Recycling and Organics Audit project is to be an important point of reference for the councils and region as a whole to assess the impacts the previous couple of years, including a pandemic, have had on their kerbside services. This will allow them to springboard into the 2020s with renewed evidence-based educations and direction, providing residents the best services and opportunities possible to recover materials from their homes and workplaces.