Blue Star Award Win for Council

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Blue Star Award Win for Council

Posted on: 21.11.2016

Wollondilly Shire is a winner when it comes to waste management, with Council’s Waste Collection Monitoring and Reporting processes winning the Waste Less, Recycle More category at the Blue Star Sustainability Regional Awards held in Orange in November.

Established as part of the new waste collection contract with JR Richards, the Waste Collection Monitoring and Reporting process uses state-of-the-art technologies - GPS tracking, camera monitors and driver computerised key pads - to manage the waste collection “stream” with maximum effectiveness.

Pictured L to R: Brad Staggs, Manager Environmental Services; Yolande Presland, Waste Education Officer; Mark Lee, Operations Manager, JR Richards.

In the early development stages of the new Waste Collection Contract, Council realised the importance of being able to monitor the performance of the contract and the need to provide targeted education around management of “contamination” – this is where inappropriate waste is placed in the bins and in the Council kerbside “Clean Ups”.

“The name of this Award, Waste Less, Recycle More, really says it all”, said Wollondilly Mayor Judith Hannan. “We all know how crucial it is to reduce the amount of waste that goes to land fill and to recycle as much as we can. The system we have put in place with our contractors really makes a difference when it comes to meeting these important environmental objectives”

JR Richards provide two databases that allow Council to track progress and also verify information in real time. These are “Fleet Max” and “Waste Track”. Through the use of these technologies, Council receives accurate real time information about whether or not customers are using our waste services in the right way. This allows Council to identify residents who are contaminating their bins and then, with targeted education, these residents are able to rectify the problem.

Council’s Manager Environmental Services, Brad Staggs said that “the implementation of this innovative system is the result of hard work by Council’s team and JR Richards. We now have a ground breaking system which is achieving real results and which is recognised State-wide in the waste industry as a best practice approach”. 

Congratulations to the waste team for an award well deserved.