Monday, May 27, 2024

SA waste strategy released

Green Industries SA has released South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2020-2025, which sets out priority actions over the next five years.

Green Industries SA said South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2020-2025 continued to promote innovation and business activity in the waste management, resource recovery and green industry sectors.

A target of zero avoidable waste to landfill by 2030 guides action during and beyond the lifespan of the Waste Strategy.

The Waste Strategy highlights five priorities for action:

  1. Transitioning to a Circular Economy
  2. Market development
  3. Infrastructure capability and capacity
  4. Food waste
  5. Plastics and packaging

The key targets for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as outlined in the Waste Strategy are:

  • Metropolitan MSW have a waste diversion target of 75% (a diversion rate for household bin systems of 60% by 2023 and 70% by 2025); and
  • By 2023 Regional Waste Management Plans to be in place for all South Australian regional local government areas and/or regional city clusters that set regionally appropriate and progressive waste diversion targets.

The LGA submission on the draft waste strategy was informed by the discussion from councils during the joint GISA and LGA webinar on 21 July 2020 and written feedback received from councils.

This submission also considers South Australia’s draft food waste strategy, which is expected to be released early in 2021.

A comparison of the recommendations made by the LGA to GISA against the waste strategy can be made available to councils upon request to Brianna McGee.

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