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What is the purpose of this draft strategy?
Too Good to Waste
, the waste avoidance and resource recovery strategy for Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah councils, has been developed to reduce waste and increase the recovery of resources from waste. It will bring together projects that are better delivered in partnership by the four councils while recognising individual council initiatives. The strategy looks ahead to 2021 with an action plan to 2017.

Do I need to do anything differently now a strategy has been developed?
We can all rethink how we do things to produce less waste and reuse and recycle more. The strategy has actions for councils and SHOROC to take to help you to do this. However nothing is changing yet for your garbage, paper and container recycling bins. You can still keep on using them as you always have – but please try to put less paper and containers in your garbage and less plastic bags in your paper and container recycling bins.

Councils are planning to make changes to the way they collect your garbage, recyclables and green waste but this will not happen until after 2017.

Who should read the draft strategy?
Everyone – community, households, businesses and councils – we all have a role to play to produce less waste, reuse and recycle.

How was the draft strategy developed?
A regional waste working group with representation from each council and Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises oversaw the draft strategy’s development by SHOROC’s Regional Waste Coordinator in consultation with a waste expert. Development of this strategy has been supported by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority with funding from the waste levy.

How does the draft strategy fit in with other government programs on waste?
The strategy is an action under the NSW Government’s Northern Beaches Regional Action Plan and contributes to waste targets in the NSW State Plan NSW 2021 and the NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy.

How will the councils and SHOROC implement the strategy when finalised?
The strategy provides the long-term direction for managing waste and recovering waste resources in the region. Implementation plans will be developed to deliver the identified actions to 2017 and the strategy will be reviewed annually.

How will the strategy be funded when finalised?
Strategy implementation will be supported by councils’ domestic waste management charge and the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, a five-year $465.7 million program to transform waste and recycling in NSW.

When will the final strategy be released?
We are inviting the community to comment on the draft strategy and this input will be taken into consideration in finalising the strategy at the end of the consultation period. The final strategy is anticipated to be released by the end of 2014.

What could I consider in making a submission on the draft strategy?
Any comments on the draft strategy are welcome. However, some things you might like to consider in responding could be:

  • Do you agree with the six key focus areas proposed?
  • Are there other key areas that should be included?
  • Are there any actions that you think councils could take to help you produce less waste, reuse and recycle?
  • Are there any other issues both current and into the future that should be considered?

How can I contribute?
Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah Councils invite you to comment on Too Good to Waste. Send an email to, fill in the quick online survey or call 9905 0023.

When is the closing date for comment?
The closing date for sending in your comments is 12 September 2014.

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