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WasteLess in the Bay
WasteLess in the Bay

City of Canada Bay has had a major focus on resource recovery, waste minimisation and management.

We aimed to:

  • Reduce food waste in the red lidded waste bin
  • Recover recyclables lost in the red lidded waste bin
  • Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill
  • Reduce the number of incorrect items (contamination) and the green lidded garden organics and yellow lidded recycling bins
  • Reuse items which are being placed out for disposal during the Bulk Household Collection.

To achieve these aims, we launched the successful WasteLess in the Bay community waste education and engagement program. We developed and implemented programs, resources and events to reduce waste to help the community WasteLess in the Bay. 

Well done to all residents of the City of Canada Bay. See the following results you have helped us achieve over the last three years.


Commitments to WasteLess in the Bay

  • Council received over 25,000 commitments to WasteLess in the Bay.
  • More than 4,000 households have committed to WasteLess in the Bay. This is more than 10 per cent of our community.  
  • Council delivered over 3,500 free WasteLess in the Bay kits to more than 10 per cent of our community.


Food Matters Workshops

  • Council has engaged with more than 1300 residents through these workshops.
  • A huge 20 per cent of residents attending these workshops are from Concord, followed by Concord West (13 per cent), Drummoyne (12 per cent) then Five Dock (11 per cent).  


Compost Revolution

  • More than 500 households have joined the City of Canada Bay’s Compost Revolution since October 2014.
  • More than 57,000 kilograms of food waste has been diverted from landfill saving over 91,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions.
  • Composting and worm farming has saved $18,000 in waste disposal costs. 


Community Recycling Centre for Problem Household Wastes

Since opening in November 2016, the following has been collected and recycled:

  • More than 9 tonnes of paint
  • More than 1.8 tonnes of household batteries
  • More than 1 tonne of gas cylinders  


Recycling Stations

  • Council provided 8 recycling stations in Council facilities and schools
  • Recycled over 2,250 printer and ink cartridges
  • Recycled over 1,000 mobile phones  


Multicultural Community

  • Engaged face-to-face with over 300 Chinese residents in their language.
  • Created 16 videos in 5 languages viewed by another 320 households!


    Children's Education

    • More than 1800 children educated in childcare, primary and secondary schools. 
    • Over 400 children have attended school holiday workshops.   


    Clean Up Australia Day

    • 978 registered volunteers over three years
    • Removed over 21 tonnes of waste and litter from our parks, foreshores and streets
    • Collected 634 kilograms of recyclable material


    Household Chemical Cleanout

    • More than 112 tonnes of household chemicals, oils and paints diverted from landfill
    • More than 3110 households have utilised the service   


    E-Waste Drop Off Day

    • 56.5 tonnes of e-waste was recycled
    • 1,700 households visited the free event  


    Fridge Buyback

    Since 2006, residents have:

    • Recycled more than 690 fridges
    • Saved approximately $205,000 in electricity costs
    • Saved a total of 5,507 tonnes of CO2 emissions.  


    MyWaste App

    • Over 1800 residents are receiving weekly reminders to put their bins out

    • Council’s MyWaste App has been translated into nine languages


    Repair Cafe

    • During 2017, more than 70 residents have attended a Repair Café
    • More than 60 per cent of furniture and electrical items have been repaired.  


    Contamination Management

    • Council inspects more than 80,000 residential bins each week
    • Over the last 16 months, Council reduced bin contamination by issuing over 2500 letters to residents
    Page last updated on: 07/11/17

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