A collaborative approach to waste and resources
While the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga are separated geographically by the Murray River and politically by a state border, the region has developed a collaborative approach to waste and resource recovery.
Halve waste initiative
Albury City Council and the City of Wodonga teamed up with Federation Council, the Shires of Towong, Greater Hume Indigo and Alpine Shire Councils to launch Halve Waste. As the names suggests, the initiative has a key focus – reducing the amount of waste going to landfill by 50 per cent. After it was estimated that the region’s landfills would be at capacity by 2050. “We want to be empowered by data to drive new initiatives that reduce general waste and single use plastics going into our landfill” according to Imogen Schifferle, Regional Partnerships Innovation Coordinator Albury and Wodonga City Councils. She adds that one of the key challenges for the region is working to reduce waste in its public bins, while improving service delivery for the community.
“Our public waste practice was pre-defined by routes based on historic planning and has proved not to be efficient for council and in need of review.” “Albury City also understands the role that waste has to play in affecting our micro city climate and our macro regional climate. However, to what extent was previously unknown, we sought to uncover the facts to drive change,” Schifferle says.