The Queensland Waste Strategy 2014 – 2024 provides a high-level direction for waste management and resource recovery in Queensland over the 10-year term—broadly focusing on waste from all sectors. The 10-year strategy complements and supports The Queensland Plan. The vision for the Queensland Waste Strategy is for Queensland to become a national leader in avoiding unnecessary consumption and waste generation— adopting innovative resource recovery approaches, and managing all products and materials as valuable and finite resources. To achieve this vision the strategy sets a framework of guiding principles and objectives, and priority areas which underpin the development of action plans.
The Queensland Waste Strategy is also informed by the waste and resource management hierarchy, which sets out an order of preference for options for managing waste—from avoiding, to reusing, recovering, treating and disposing of waste. Taken together, the principles and hierarchy help shape the objectives and priorities, and in turn inform the development of action plans for implementing the strategy.
As can be reasonably expected, the State Waste Strategy involves principles and objectives that are pitched at a State level and involves activities and initiatives that are the role of State Government and not Local Government.
This document – The Toowoomba Region Waste Management Strategy addresses the management of priority wastes, as required under Queensland’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011. Through the implementation of this strategy and the associated implementation plans and actions, Council will meet the objectives outlined in Queensland Waste Avoidance and Resource Productivity Strategy (2016 - 2024).
The Toowoomba Region population is approximately 165,000 and is expected to grow to 205,000 by 2036. With growing population comes increased waste generation and landfill challenges. Just over 71,000 tonnes was buried at our region’s landfills in the 2015/2016 financial year. As a region, our people want to reduce the amount of waste going into landfill. The following Strategy is our opportunity to make a difference.
The infrastructure plan for the delivery of the goals within the Waste Management Strategy are outlined in the Waste Infrastructure Plan.