Kariong Eco Garden submission on Gosford City Council Waste Strategy
Draft Report May 2013. Submission deadline 30 January 2014.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to comment on the GCC Waste Strategy.
We hope to be part of an ongoing conversation into ways that waste can be
avoided in Gosford LGA. Within our networks are many people passionate
about waste reduction and actively working to sort it, reduce it, compost it, reuse
and upcycle it in homes, schools, churches, workplaces and the wider
Our general approach to ‘waste’ is inspired by permaculture principles eg
“There is no such thing as waste – only things (resources) in the wrong place:”
or as it says on our Waste Wise booklet for visiting school students:
There is only one planet earth - let’s not waste it.
We would like to affirm Gosford Council's
- awareness that food waste is an important target area.
- Gas capture at GCC’s landfills
- Initiatives like Second Hand Saturday
- Chemical clean up days
- Proactive recycling promotion in local media
- Education and awareness programs eg on home composting
- Professional waste management
- Support for Container Deposit Legislation in NSW
Kariong Eco Garden has a particular interest in the awareness and education
regarding waste as this is a key component of what we seek to do – be a living
learnscape where people can learn about composting, worm farming, water and
energy conservation and growing food naturally
We feel that we are only scratching the surface of what can be achieved in our
community in terms of organics recycling in schools, businesses and homes.
There is much more scope for diversion of food waste from landfill. We are also
concerned about the over convenience of Bulk Kerbside Rubbish collections
and feel that this encourages a throwaway mindset when things are not wanted
but are still useful.
Public Place recycling trials can be informative. Please audit these bins and
consider trialling a Reverse Vending machine, which is the technology that will
be used with a national Container Deposit System. We appreciate Gosford
Council’s support for Container Deposits. We run a clean up Australia day site
every year and see hundred of bottles and cans – often in the vicinity of public
place bins. Please continue to lobby for CDS.