Over the next two years, City of Canada Bay will place a major focus on Resource Recovery, Waste Minimisation and Management. We will develop and implement programs, resources and events that will improve environmental outcomes and increase resource recovery, and also have the potential to save residents hundreds of thousands of dollars.
We aim to:
We have developed the below target areas with unique logos to help you. Check in regularly and click the icons for more detailed information, competitions, free workshops and resources!
Did you know that we could save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year if all households reduced the weight of their red lidded waste bin by just 1kg per week?
Did you know that 2,000 of the 17,000 tonnes of waste we send to landfill each year is recycling that should have been placed in the yellow lidded recycling bin?
'Community' is defined as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular common characteristic. A sustainable and 'WasteLess' future is a worthwhile cause to which the City of Canada Bay community can aspire. This includes our residents, businesses, schools, community groups and Council.
City of Canada Bay is asking all community members to commit to reducing waste and increasing recycling. Together we can 'WasteLess in the Bay'!
Did you know that your bin must weigh less than 70kg to be emptied?
Did you know that bin lids must be closed to reduce the chance of wind-blown litter?
Did you know that if your bins contain the wrong items (contamination), they will not be emptied?
Every service-entitled property within the Canada Bay Local Government Area is provided with a standard collection service:
Houses and units receive the same volume of waste and recycling, however because of storage and space issues, units share bins and recycling is collected weekly.
If you need to report a damaged or stolen bin, submit a request for additional bins or if you require bin stickers or signage for use in unit bin bays, please contact the Waste Hotline on 1300 551 659.
If your regular collection day falls on a public holiday, your bin will still be emptied. However, please ensure you put your bins out the night before your scheduled collection, as the trucks may collect your bins earlier in the day than usual, due to earlier closing times at waste management facilities.
City of Canada Bay and SUEZ would like to remind the community to take extreme care around the trucks whilst they are performing collection services. Please ensure children are playing safely away from the trucks.
Did you know that recycling costs significantly less than sending waste to landfill?
Did you know that on average, each household in the City of Canada Bay incorrectly places 73kg of recycling in their red lidded waste bin each year?
Did you know that recycling saves the valuable raw materials required for production and uses less energy than required when manufacturing new products?
City of Canada Bay residents recycle approximately 7,600 tonnes per year. The contents of your yellow lid recycling bin are delivered to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). At the MRF your recycling travels along a series of conveyor belts and passes through a number of machines that sort it into individual commodities, i.e. paper, glass, plastic, steel and aluminium cans. Once the recycling is sorted it is sold to a number of different manufacturers who use it to make new products.
Did you know that annually, City of Canada Bay residents are diverting 5,000 tonnes of garden organics from landfill for reprocessing?
Did you know that soil, food waste and treated timber should not be placed in your garden organics bin?
The garden organics that are collected from your 240L green lidded bin are used to make compost and mulch, which when used in your garden help to improve soil quality and water retention. This reduces the reliance on chemical fertilisers and pesticides. By utilising your green lidded bin you will be helping to produce quality compost and mulch and diverting organic waste from landfill.
Did you know everything you place in your red lidded waste bin is buried in landfill where it will never be used again?
Did you know that on average each household within the City of Canada Bay sends 9.3 kg of waste to landfill each week?
Did you know that decomposing waste from landfills contributes 2% to Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions?
In Canada Bay, over 17,000 tonnes of waste is sent to landfill each year, with a monetary value of over $3.5 million. We are constantly looking for ways to minimise the amount of waste buried in landfill. Minimising waste requires us to 'avoid', 'reduce', 'reuse' and 'recycle' to limit the amount of valuable resources sent to landfill.
Did you know in 2013 City of Canada Bay households that participated in the Garage Sale Trail made an average of $273 by selling their old and unwanted items?
Did you know in Canada Bay we throw away just over 2,000 tonnes of materials in the bulk household clean up annually?
The materials you place out for the bulk household cleanup are destined for landfill where they will never be used again. Charities, reuse centres, online swaps or sales and collaborative renting or garage sales provide reuse options as alternatives to landfill.
Did you know in the City of Canada Bay we throw away 4kg of food waste a week? This equals 7,300 tonnes a year which costs residents $1,500,000.
Did you know on average in the City of Canada Bay more than half of the red lidded waste bin is food waste?
If everyone reduced their food waste by half, we could divert over 3,500 tonnes of food waste from landfill and save over $750,000 annually. We can reduce our food waste simply by planning our meals, checking our food supplies before shopping, buying only what we need and using leftovers creatively. We can also put food scraps into a compost bin or worm farm where the waste will be converted into nutrient-rich soil-like material that can be used on your garden.
Check in regularly and visit the pages below for more detailed information, competitions, free workshops and resources that will help us 'WasteLess in the Bay'!
Did you know that if we halved the amount of organic waste being put into the red lidded bin, the City of Canada Bay could save a total of $14,000 per week?
Did you know that every week City of Canada Bay residents are sending almost 140 tonnes of compostable waste to landfill where it will never be used again?
Composting and worm farming allows us to mimic the 'waste free' systems of nature by providing a convenient way for our organic matter to decompose into nutrient-rich soil-like material that can be used on your garden. Composting is easy, affordable and accessible and helps to avoid the use of synthetic fertilisers and soil conditioners.
Did you know Council has developed a target to reduce litter by 50% in hotspot areas by 2021?
Did you know cigarettes are the most common litter item, making up 39% of all litter items found?
Research shows that most residents in the City of Canada Bay find litter a
nuisance. Even though most of us believe littering is wrong, many of us will
litter at some point in our lives. Sometimes we litter by accident or perhaps we
think it does not matter (in the case of an apple core) as it will decompose, or
maybe we place an item next to a full bin thinking it will be cleaned up. Litter
is not only a visual eyesore, it also damages the habitats of native animals,
pollutes our waterways and costs money to clean up.
Check in regularly and visit the pages below for more detailed information.
Did you know the City of Canada Bay and the NSW Environmental Protection Authority are running a campaign targeting illegal dumping?
Did you know penalties for illegally disposing of waste range from $2,000 to $15,000?
Illegal dumping is the unlawful deposit of waste larger than litter onto land. Illegal dumping involves waste materials being dumped, tipped or otherwise deposited onto private or public land where no license or approval exists to accept such waste. Illegal dumping varies from small bags of waste in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of materials in isolated areas, such as bushland.
Illegal dumping threatens both the quality and appearance of the fantastic environment enjoyed by the many people calling the City of Canada Bay home. Council needs the community to support its efforts and send a clear message that illegal dumping is not welcome in Canada Bay and that anyone dumping waste will be caught.
Check in regularly and visit the pages below for more detailed information.
Call the Waste Hotline to:
Find out about upcoming events such as the Household Chemical CleanOut and E-Waste drop-off days, search your bin and bulk household collection dates and you can even set a reminder to put your bins out!
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