Leave nothing to waste – our strategy for managing Sydney’s resources to 2030

We welcome your feedback on our waste strategy and action plan 2017–2030.

The plan outlines waste management actions to achieve our zero waste target by 2030, including clear targets and priority areas to achieve this goal. It sets out recommendations to accommodate changes to the way waste is collected and advances in technologies to maximise diversion from landfill.

This new strategy will help us respond more effectively to the increasing demand for resources as our residential, worker and visitor populations continue to grow.

Learn more about our proposed targets and priority areas below. You can also download the strategy and action plan.

Provide your feedback

There are a number of ways you can let us know what you think of the strategy and action plan:

  1. Complete our online survey below.
  2. Email a submission to sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.
  3. Mail a submission to:

    Chief Executive Officer
    Attn: Chris Derksema, Sustainability Director
    City of Sydney
    GPO Box 1591
    Sydney NSW 2001

All submissions should quote the reference: 'waste strategy'.

The City's leave nothing to waste strategy and action plan is on public exhibition until 22 August 2017.


We welcome your feedback on our waste strategy and action plan 2017–2030.

The plan outlines waste management actions to achieve our zero waste target by 2030, including clear targets and priority areas to achieve this goal. It sets out recommendations to accommodate changes to the way waste is collected and advances in technologies to maximise diversion from landfill.

This new strategy will help us respond more effectively to the increasing demand for resources as our residential, worker and visitor populations continue to grow.

Learn more about our proposed targets and priority areas below. You can also download the strategy and action plan.

Provide your feedback

There are a number of ways you can let us know what you think of the strategy and action plan:

  1. Complete our online survey below.
  2. Email a submission to sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.
  3. Mail a submission to:

    Chief Executive Officer
    Attn: Chris Derksema, Sustainability Director
    City of Sydney
    GPO Box 1591
    Sydney NSW 2001

All submissions should quote the reference: 'waste strategy'.

The City's leave nothing to waste strategy and action plan is on public exhibition until 22 August 2017.


  • Aiming high to reduce waste – proposed targets

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    Our leave nothing to waste strategy and action plan aims to:

    • reduce the amount of waste produced
    • recycle as much as possible
    • treat what is left over in the most sustainable way.

    The strategy and action plan proposes a series of mid and long term targets and goals to help us achieve these objectives.


    By 2021

    Targets for our own operations

    Divert from landfill:
    • 50% recovery of waste from local parks, streets and public places
    • 70% of waste from City managed properties
    • 80% recovery of construction and demolition waste (generated and managed by City operations).

    Targets for our residents

    Divert... Continue reading

    Our leave nothing to waste strategy and action plan aims to:

    • reduce the amount of waste produced
    • recycle as much as possible
    • treat what is left over in the most sustainable way.

    The strategy and action plan proposes a series of mid and long term targets and goals to help us achieve these objectives.


    By 2021

    Targets for our own operations

    Divert from landfill:

    • 50% recovery of waste from local parks, streets and public places
    • 70% of waste from City managed properties
    • 80% recovery of construction and demolition waste (generated and managed by City operations).

    Targets for our residents

    Divert from landfill:

    • 70% of waste with a minimum of 35% as source separated recycling.

    Targets for our businesses

    Divert from landfill:
    • 70% of waste from businesses operating in the local area
    • 80% of waste from construction and demolition activities in the local area.

    By 2030

    Targets for our own operations

    Divert from landfill:

    • 90% recovery of waste from local parks, streets and public places
    • 90% of waste from City managed properties
    • 90% of waste from construction and demolition (generated and managed by City operations).

    Targets for our residents

    Divert from landfill:

    • 90% of waste with a minimum of 35% as source separated recycling.

      Targets for our businesses

      Divert from landfill:

      • 90% of waste from businesses operating in the local area
      • 90% of waste from construction and demolition activities in the local area.
    • The City's priority areas of action for managing waste and resources

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      Priority area 1: Improve recycling outcomes

      • Assist local communities to reduce the impact of waste management.
      • Review and update our sustainable procurement guidelines.
      • Collaborate to reduce the amount of waste produced in the local area.

      Priority area 2: Better data management

      • More targeted education programs.
      • New services, for example, trial food waste collection at a local facility.
      • Free e-waste, metals and white goods collections.
      • Investigate regular clothing and textiles collections.

      Priority area 3: Sustainable design

      • Planning for waste in new developments.
      • Effective guidance for City staff and contractors on how to... Continue reading

      Priority area 1: Improve recycling outcomes

      • Assist local communities to reduce the impact of waste management.
      • Review and update our sustainable procurement guidelines.
      • Collaborate to reduce the amount of waste produced in the local area.

      Priority area 2: Better data management

      • More targeted education programs.
      • New services, for example, trial food waste collection at a local facility.
      • Free e-waste, metals and white goods collections.
      • Investigate regular clothing and textiles collections.

      Priority area 3: Sustainable design

      • Planning for waste in new developments.
      • Effective guidance for City staff and contractors on how to incorporate waste management into designing and constructing new buildings and services.
      • Minimum environmental requirements in our new planning documents for new residential and commercial developments.

      Priority area 4: Clean and clear streets

      • Improve how waste and recycling is transported around the city.
      • Reduce illegal dumping, minimise the length of time bins are left out on footpaths and reduce the number of waste collection vehicles in the city centre during peak hours.
      • Investigate options for recycling in public places.

      Priority area 5: Better data management

      • Improve waste and recycling data collection and reporting.
      • Improve monitoring against our environmental targets.
      • Waste tracking and monitoring equipment on residential collection vehicles.
      • Consistent waste reporting across commercial sectors through partnership arrangements with industry and state government.

      Priority area 6: Future treatment solutions

      • Prioritise a long-term solution for treating non-recyclable waste using advanced waste treatment solutions.