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Waste Strategy 2017-2024

Get waste sorted

The Port Macquarie‐Hastings  Waste Strategy: 2017–2024960KB pdf(PDF, 960KB) is designed to provide a framework and an informed and sustainable direction for all of Council’s waste and resource management activities over the next eight (8) years. It has been developed to focus on specific and unique local issues and challenges, building upon the momentum gained through the implementation of the previous WRM Strategy.

The Waste Strategy will:

  • align with the objectives of the NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy: 2014 – 2021 (the NSW WARR Strategy);
  • integrate with, and leverage off, the Midwaste Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy: 2014 – 2021 (the Regional WARR Strategy); and
  • assimilate with integrated planning and reporting frameworks to ensure linkages with Operational and Delivery Plans.

Where we want to get to


Council’s integrated planning and reporting framework details that by 2030 the people of the LGA will be:

  • Living in a harmonious safe and connected community;
  • Enjoying participatory local democracy;
  • Accessing quality infrastructure including roads, waste, water and sewerage management;
  • Benefiting from quality urban design that encourages use of open spaces and provides easy access between our towns and villages;
  • Enjoying economic prosperity and having access to quality education and training;
  • Actively participating in inclusive community activities; and
  • Preserving and protecting our natural habitats

This overarching vision drives Council’s 2030 Community Strategic Plan (CSP), which details the community’s aspirations for strategic objectives such as social, economic, environmental, and civic leadership strategic. Council’s approach to long term strategic planning is based on the integration of Council’s CSP with its fouryear Delivery Program and Council’s annual Operational Plan. Together, the portfolio of strategies and plans provide the pathway for the continued transformation of the region to achieve the 2030 vision.

The high level strategic outcomes, are that the Waste Strategy will:

  • Cover a eight (8) year period from 2017 until 2024 (NB: 2024 aligns with the current Cairncross landfill approval);
  • Ensure consistency with Council’s environmental, economic, and social policies and the 2030 Community Strategic Plan;
  • Align with the objectives and targets of the NSW WARR Strategy;
  • Be consistent with, and leverage the Regional WARR Strategy programs over the same time period;
  • Focus on the delivery of safe, cost effective, innovative and convenient waste management services for Council’s customers and workers;
  • Consider best available waste management technologies and delivery methods (wherever possible) appropriate to Council’s local circumstances, building upon successes to date;
  • Embody flexibility as a key, providing Council with a tool to readily adapt by maximising opportunities and minimising risks associated with emerging technological, financial, social and legislative contexts; and
  • Acknowledge, and build upon, the success of a single landfill and central waste and resource management hub at the Cairncross Waste Management Facility (CWMF), facilitating:
    • A continued high operational and maintenance standard; and
    • Certainty with respect to the long term planning and delivery of Council’s future waste asset and infrastructure needs.

The guiding delivery principles, or strategic focus areas, used to inform the Waste Strategy's delivery mechanisms are as follows:

  • Council to actively pursue planning approval for the expansion of its primary landfill at the CWMF, to ensure long term capacity for the disposal of residual MSW, C&D and C&I waste;
  • Opportunities for the re-use, recycling and recovery of material from MSW, C&D and C&I waste streams are of high priority and are to be maximised prior to disposal of residual waste to landfill;
  • Waste management facilities and infrastructure are planned, designed and operated in accordance with industry best practice, where possible, to efficiently and sustainably manage current and future waste flows;
  • Management of waste and resource recovery facilities, operations and activities complies with all statutory requirements and strives for improved environmental performance;
  • Waste, resource and recycling collection services are efficient, provide value-for-money, and have minimal environmental impact;
  • The community is engaged in sustainable waste management practices and activities facilitated by the acquisition of the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and values;
  • The natural environment is protected through the reduction of littering and illegal dumping;
  • Regional collaboration and partnerships with other stakeholders and organisations is encouraged to foster the sharing of resources and knowledge, the development of innovative waste management solutions, and to take advantage of economies of scale;
  • Sound governance is employed in all Council decisions relating to waste management;
  • The business of waste is managed systematically to ensure effective and efficient administration and improved customer service; and
  • Consideration to be given to the resourcing necessary to deliver strategy outcomes.

This page was last updated on: 22 October 2018