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Waste Management Planning
 

What is a Waste Management Plan?

A Waste Management Plan must be submitted with a Development Application. It outlines the proposed methods for managing waste generated during demolition; construction and on-going operations of the development.

A Waste Management Plan for the demolition and construction stages must:

  1. include the estimates of types quantities of waste to be generated during both demolition and construction activities, classified in accordance with the NSW EPA’s Waste Classification Guideline

  2. provide the methods and processes to maximise resource recovery and promote waste minimisation during construction and demolition. This must include the details of all proposed contractors used for waste management, resource recovery and disposal of the demolition and construction wastes of each type

A Waste Management Plan for the ongoing operations must include

  • Estimated volume of each waste stream generated during ongoing operation from residential and/or commercial parts of the development, including general waste, commingled recycling, organics, bulky waste, and other types of waste when relevant.

  • Waste storage areas, waste management systems and equipment, waste disposal facilities and their usability for occupiers.

  • Bin relocation and waste collection arrangements, provisions for Council collection vehicles, and proposed collection methods and locations.

  • On-site waste management processes and procedures, such as resource recovery, litter management, hygiene and bin washing, safety measures and Strata and Building Management responsibilities.

Arrangements outlined within a Waste Management Plan must be displayed on and supported by Architectural Drawings submitted to Council as part of a Development Application.

All development applications must comply with Georges River Council Development Control Plans (GRC DCP); for waste management requirements refer to GRC DCP Appendix 4 Waste Management.

Waste management provisions that are not outlined in the GRC DCP will be outlined within the latest edition of NSW EPA's Better Practice Guide for Resource Recovery in Residential Developments and all applicants are required to comply with the requirements in the GRC DCP and the NSW EPA’s Guides.
 

Waste Management Plan Format and Requirements:

Some applicants can complete a simplified Waste Management Plan using the Waste Management Plan Template. This is acceptable for certain types of developments only.

The following table shows the Waste Management Format by Development Type.

Development Type

Specific On-going Waste Management Requirement (section in DCP)

Waste Management Plan (WMP) Type

Alterations and additions (residential) Refer 4.4.2 Single Unit Dwellings Waste Management Plan Template
Carports, garages Not applicable Waste Management Plan Template
Swimming pools Not applicable Waste Management Plan Template
New single dwellings, secondary dwellings Refer 4.4.2 Single Unit Dwellings Waste Management Plan Template
Multi dwellings (not residential flat buildings) Refer 4.4.1 Multi-Unit Dwellings and 4.4.3 Non-Residential Developments A suitably qualified waste management professional is required to complete the WMP for this development type.
Boarding houses Refer 4.4.1 Multi-Unit Dwellings A suitably qualified waste management professional is required to complete the WMP for this development type.
Residential flat buildings Refer 4.4.1 Multi-Unit Dwellings A suitably qualified waste management professional is required to complete the WMP for this development type.
Mixed use developments that include a residential component Refer 4.4.1 Multi-Unit Dwellings 4.4.3 Non-Residential Developments A suitably qualified waste management professional is required to complete the WMP for this development type.
Childcare centres, places of public worship Refer 4.4.3 Non-Residential Developments Waste Management Plan Template
Alterations and additions (non-residential) Refer 4.4.3 Non-Residential Developments Waste Management Plan Template
Commercial fit out, change of use where building works will be carried out Refer 4.4.3 Non-Residential Developments Waste Management Plan Template
Commercial, retail, and industrial buildings Refer 4.4.3 Non-Residential Developments Waste Management Plan Template
Demolition of dwelling, outbuilding and/or other buildings Not applicable Waste Management Plan Template
Subdivision of land where the removal of vegetation and excavation activities are carried out Not applicable Waste Management Plan Template
Special events (such as festivals, circuses, sporting, cultural or musical events) Not applicable Waste Management Plan Template
 

Waste Management Plan Template

A model Waste Management Plan template is provided here.

Arrangements outlined within a Waste Management Plan must be displayed on and supported by Architectural Drawings submitted to Council as part of a Development Application. Additional information regarding waste considerations for certain development types can be found within Development Control Plans.

Waste in Large or Mixed-Use Developments

Please expand the relevant accordion list below to view more information.

  • Generation Rates

    Generation Rates

    The following minimum generation rates must be used for any residential development within a Waste Management Plan:

    • 120L general waste produced per unit per week
    • 120L commingled recycling produced per unit per week
    • at least 25l of organics produced per unit per week.
     

    Storage for additional paper and cardboard bins must be enabled at all developments with 50 or more units, at the ratio of at least 1 x 660L bin for every 50 units.

    Rotational (additional) bins should be provided for each chute discharge point in the development. These bins will remain under chute during waste collection services.

    Depending on the design and size of the development, additional waste volume may be required. Please consult with Council to confirm specific requirements for your proposed development. The final bin numbers are always rounded up in the bin calculations.

    The NSW State Government has recently mandated the implementation of separate Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection services for all residential properties in NSW. All new developments must include provisions for FOGO waste services for every residential dwelling.

    For waste generation rates and specific waste requirements for commercial and industrial components in a new development, refer to the NSW EPA’s Better Practice Guide for Resource Recovery in Residential Developments (for commercial comportments in mixed-use developments) and EPA’s Better Practice Guidelines for Waste Management and Recycling in Commercial and Industrial Facilities (for for non-residential developments).

    Waste Management Plan must show the proposed use of each non-residential premise and applicable bin calculation methods based on the expected waste generation rates and the applicable guidelines.

  • Bin Collection Service Requirements

    Council provides bins as per the following:

    Waste Stream Bin size Development type
    Single and dual occupancy developments Multi-unit developments
    General waste 120L Collected once weekly Not provided
    240L Collected once weekly Collected once weekly
    660L Not available Collected once weekly
    1100L Not available Collected once weekly, 
    Recycling 240L Collected once a fortnight Collected once weekly
    660L Not available Collected once weekly, expected to be available from July 2024
    1100L Not available Collected once weekly, expected to be available from July 2024
    Organics* 240L Collected once a fortnight Collected once a fortnight
    120L Collected once a fortnight, expected to be available from July 2024 Collected once a fortnight expected to be available from July 2024

    * Smaller sized Organics bins can be provided by the Developer, Owners/Strata to be placed on each occupied floor to satisfy organics waste disposal requirements if bin volumes are sufficient to cover at least 2 days’ worth of organics waste for each unit at a ratio of 3.57L per unit, per day. The design and size of those bins can differ; however, they must have green lids and be clearly marked for FOGO waste. T

    he Developer must submit the bin specifications with the Development Application to the Council for approval. Strata Managers/Owners will be responsible for bin rotation and hygiene. The bins will need to be emptied into 240L Council bins before collection services.

    Single and dual occupancy developments must self-present the bins and bulky waste to the approved collection point to enable waste collection.

    Multi-unit residential developments can propose one of the following waste collection options:

    1. On-site collection from a ground-level loading area with access to a bin and waste storage area

    2. Wheel Out Wheel Back service from ground-level bin storage area with provision of access for Council waste collection contractors.

    Council waste contractors are unable to travel to basement areas to access waste and bin storage areas. All waste and bin storage areas must be on the ground floor and within 15 metres of the collection point if 240L bins are used or 5 metres of the collection point if 660L or 1100L bins are used.

    The surface grades must be appropriate for waste vehicle operations and movement of bins. Please refer to Development Control Plans and the NSW EPA’s Better Practice Guide for Resource Recovery in Residential Developments.

  • Onsite Waste Separation  

    All developments in the Georges River Council Local Government Area are obligated to source-separate and appropriately dispose of all material generated at the development.

    The following options of residential waste disposal systems are accepted by Council for multi-unit developments.

    For General waste and recycling streams:


    For the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste stream.

    • A chute system suitable for Food Organics and Garden Organics waste (in addition to chute systems for general waste and recycling waste). The developer must confirm with the manufacturer the appropriate technology and specifications of the system for FOGO waste and include all details and documentation in a Waste Management Plan.

    • The storage of at least 2 days’ worth of organics waste on each occupied floor at a ratio of 3.57L per unit, per day. The mobile garbage bins are to be rotated with empty bins daily by the managing body.

    • The storage of one week’s worth of organics in a central bin storage area on the ground floor that is easily and safely accessible for all residents (for developments with three or fewer levels only).

    Bin storage areas must be secured and structurally separated from other parts of the development. The chute discharge area and any other mechanical parts of waste management equipment must be not accessible to the residents for safety reasons.

  • Waste Collection Vehicle Access

    For large or mixed-use developments proposed on main roads or within CBD areas, onsite collections are required. Applicants should ensure height clearance of 4 metres can be provided, allowing for vehicle length of 10.5 metres and width of 2.5 metres. Waste collection vehicles must must be able to enter and exit the site in a forward motion.

  • Bulky Waste Storage

    For bulky waste storage, the minimum storage requirements are as follows:

    • Up to 20 units: a minimum of 4m2
    • From 21 to 50 units: a minimum size of 8m2
    • From 51 to 100 units: a minimum size of 12m2
    • Over 100 units: a minimum of 12m2 + 2m2 per 50 additional units above 150 units (or part thereof). 
     

    Bulky waste storage should be on the ground floor of a development, within 15 metres of the kerbside to enable on-site collection. Basement storage of bulky waste is not supported due to access issues.

  • Commercial Waste

    Any developments containing commercial tenancies must ensure residential waste storage areas are separated and secured, to prevent access by commercial tenants. Commercial tenants are prohibited from accessing residential bins and waste storage areas.

    Commercial waste can be collected by private waste contractors or Council’s waste collection contractors (subject of service availability). Private waste collection services are to occur entirely within the confines of private property with bins and any waste originating from commercial tenants prohibited from being placed on Council land.

 


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