Sydney Looks to the Future for Advanced Waste Management Strategy

Sydney Waste Management

Managing waste efficiently will keep Sydney clean and green.

The City of Sydney Council is dedicated to keeping our city as clean and green as possible – this means managing the city’s waste in the most ethical, environmentally friendly manner possible.

With the city’s current waste management plan, it is forecasted that by 2030, households and businesses in the inner city area will be sending over 200, 000 tonnes of waste to landfill per year.

However, the Council predicts that by that time, there may not be landfills close to Sydney that are capable of taking waste by that time, forcing the council to send it more than 250km away.

At present, the Council is coming up with ways to change and improve how waste is currently managed, which involves the development of advanced waste treatment plans that will see the “virtual elimination of non-recyclable waste going to landfill”.

As waste decomposes in landfill, it creates and emits harmful greenhouse gases – principally methane, which is 25 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. The levels of methane in the atmosphere are growing from landfill emissions and other forms of waste.

The City of Sydney’s advanced waste treatment plan is ultimately to turn waste into a energy for Sydney, which the Council plans to achieve by:

  • recovering both material and energy resources from waste with virtually no waste going to landfill
  • converting non-recyclable waste to renewable and non-fossil fuel gases
  • converting renewable and non-fossil fuel gases into substitute natural gas for injection into the gas grid for lower carbon energy delivery, including supply of the City’s planned trigeneration network.


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