VIDEO: Lessons from Australia’s Most Successful Waste Reduction Scheme

In New South Wales the Albury Waste Management Centre includes the fourth largest landfill in the state. Mike Ritchie explains how its Halve Waste initiative has become the most successful waste reduction program in Australia. The Halve Waste Initiative has recently been awarded the best organics recovery program in NSW and the best local government initiative in sustainability. Back in 2010, the AWMC was receiving almost 185,000 tonnes of waste, and burying 125,000 tonnes. The landfill was filling rapidly, and Albury City Council was concerned it would need to find a new landfill site. Instead, the City decided that reducing landfill volume via recycling was the most cost-effective way to manage waste.


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