The City of Casey is committing to reducing landfill in the future.
There are three main issues that Casey is working to address:
- The amount of landfill waste is growing
- The space to accommodate landfill is decreasing
- The cost to process landfill is rising.
Council is focusing on finding an alternative, cleaner and greener solution to manage our waste now and for future generations.
Casey’s current situation
Council disposes of all household garbage at SUEZ landfill in Hampton Park. This rubbish is the garbage households place in the green bin.
This landfill site is expected to reach capacity in the next 10 years. For this reason, Casey has joined a partnership of other south-east councils to explore landfill alternatives which can better manage residual municipal solid waste in the future.
The future of waste and how it is disposed in our region is being championed through a regional partnership. The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) is leading a process to explore Advanced Waste Processing (AWP) solutions for south-east Melbourne.
Regional procurement process
As part of its partnership with other south-east councils, the City of Casey is going out to the industry to seek and explore alternative waste solutions that might be suitable through new and proven technologies.
This joint procurement process being led by the MWRRG to find AWP solutions for the region will be carried out through a multi-stage approach.
Council is exploring a range of alternatives to landfill that might be suitable for the south east.
Energy from waste is one potential solution, however it is not the only option being considered. There will be a strong emphasis on technologies that are proven in scale. Casey will look to other parts of the world that have had a long history with advanced waste and resource recovery technologies as part of the journey to find a better alternative.
We can do better to reduce our dependence on landfill. By identifying a more effective option through an AWP solution, Casey has the opportunity to deliver more environmental and social benefits to the region and provide a solution that will do more with the valuable resources that would otherwise be put into landfill.
Any changes will take a number of years to assess and implement and Casey will always ensure that residents have access to regular, high-quality residential waste services.
While Council is exploring alternatives to landfill to better manage household garbage, Council’s key priority remains maximising the avoidance, reduction and recycling of waste.
Help reduce waste
You can help by reducing your waste with these simple tips:
- Buy responsibly: Be aware of the number of single-use items you buy and try to choose things that have minimal packaging. Check the label each time you buy something to ensure you’re buying recycled products or choosing options with more recycled materials.
- Compost: Composting your food waste means you send less waste to landfill. The compost process also produces a nutrient rich soil product that is great for your garden.
- Recycle as much as you can: A lot of common household items can be put in your blue recycle bin including plastic bottles and containers, milk and juice containers and glass bottles and jars. Visit the Sustainability Victoria website to find out how you can become a recycling star.
Visit the Reduce your waste page to find out more about how you can reduce your waste and any rebates you may be eligible for.
Council is just at the start of our journey to transitioning to a cleaner and greener alternative to landfill and will continue to keep the community informed and engaged as the process progresses.