In 2015, after public consultation, Council adopted the City of Lake Macquarie Waste Strategy (2015-2023).
- outlines services and new infrastructure identified in the Draft Waste Strategy (2010-2040) that are currently underway
- documents Council's waste management direction to 2023
- describes existing and planned waste management facilities and services provided by Council to manage the City's waste
- identifies plans and opportunities for future improvement
- sets clear targets and strategies to achieve these goals.
Lake Macquarie is also participating in the Draft Hunter Region Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-2021.
The Waste Strategy followed on from a project started in 2009 to develop a sustainable and equitable waste strategy for the City. The Waste Strategy initially focused on household (domestic) waste because it makes up 70 per cent of all the City's waste that goes to landfill.
After public consultation, in 2011 Council resolved to introduce a phased 3-bin service for household waste and expand the Awaba Waste Management Facility to extend the life of the landfill. Work at the site is now underway. Find about more about expansion of the Awaba Waste Management Facility.
Moving to a 3-bin service
In February 2011, Council resolved to introduce a phased 3-bin service for household waste consisting of:
- Phase One – started in April 2013, with the introduction of a new green waste bin for all households in addition to the existing garbage and recycling bins. At present, the green waste bin is for garden waste only and is emptied fortnightly.
- Phase Two – A new composting facility is being built at Awaba to accept all food waste and process it along with garden waste into high quality, Australian Standard compost products. Once it is completed, the contents from household green waste bins will go to this facility. This means all food waste (including all cooked and uncooked food, processed food, meat and bones, seafood including bones and shells, dairy, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds and fruit and vegetable scraps) will be able to go into Council’s green bins. At the start of Phase Two, the collection frequency of the green waste bin will change to weekly, and the garbage bin will change to fortnightly (on the opposite week to recycling bin). For more details on Phase two read about the next steps in the 3-bin system.
Find out more about why our current system was the preferred household waste management system for our City by reading the Background of phased 3-bin service page.
Page last updated: 23 May 2017