Towards Zero Waste Policy

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Overview of the Towards Zero Waste Policy

The Towards Zero Waste policy has been developed to guide Council on future strategies, actions and targets towards zero waste practices.

The towards zero waste concept means designing and managing products to reduce the volume of waste and materials generated, to conserve and recover all materials disposed of where possible, and to only send waste to landfill as a last resort.

Council is working to protect and enhance the Tweed’s internationally significant environment. This is why it’s even more important to manage and minimise any impacts from the waste we generate in

Overview of the Towards Zero Waste Policy

The Towards Zero Waste policy has been developed to guide Council on future strategies, actions and targets towards zero waste practices.

The towards zero waste concept means designing and managing products to reduce the volume of waste and materials generated, to conserve and recover all materials disposed of where possible, and to only send waste to landfill as a last resort.

Council is working to protect and enhance the Tweed’s internationally significant environment. This is why it’s even more important to manage and minimise any impacts from the waste we generate in the Tweed.

Towards zero waste is an aspirational target that will require Council and the community to work collaboratively to re-think how we all purchase, use and dispose of materials.

Read the policy summary


Why the Policy was developed

On 22 March 2018, Tweed Shire Council resolved to adopt a zero waste target across the Tweed and to include this objective in future waste strategies and management plans.

The world’s natural resources are limited and the amount of waste being generated is increasing. This significantly impacts the environment and residents of the Tweed in a number of ways, including the cost to the community.

The Toward Zero Waste Policy has been developed to provide guidance to Council and the community on the future direction of waste management.


Next steps

A reference group will be established following Council's endorsement of the Towards Zero Waste Policy. This group will inform and enhance Council’s decision making for implementation of the Towards Zero Waste policy and provide information, advice and views on Council’s waste management practices and community needs.

Council will continue to engage with the community following adoption of the policy to develop a Towards Zero Waste Strategy that will guide Council’s actions in working towards zero waste. The strategy will include Council’s proposed actions for the next five years including actions already in progress.