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Asset Management Plan - Waste Services

Bega Valley Shire Council's Waste Services Asset Management Plan.What is this plan about?

This asset management plan covers the infrastructure assets that serve the Bega Valley community’s current waste management needs.  These assets include waste facilities and the waste management services they support.

What is an Asset Management Plan?

Asset management planning is a comprehensive process to ensure delivery of services from infrastructure is provided in a financially sustainable manner.

An asset management plan details information about infrastructure assets including actions required to provide an agreed level of service in the most cost effective manner.   The plan defines the services to be provided, how the services are provided and what funds are required to provide the services.

What is the problem with regard to waste assets?

Council’s single most valuable waste asset is its landfill airspace at the CWF. The CWF is filling (i.e. depreciating) at a rate that may see its lifespan reduced by as much as 30%, representing a value to the community of around 27M.

Landfill is accepted as being the least desirable option for the disposal of waste under the waste management hierarchy, with avoidance, reduction, reuse and recycling being preferable options where feasible. If council wishes to effectively reduce the rate of depreciation of the CWF, there must be less landfilling and more waste reduction, reuse and recycling.

Council’s assets have not been specifically developed with the foremost strategic objective of reducing waste to landfill. Rather they have been developed primarily to provide a balance of convenience, cost and management of public health risk. Whilst these remain important objectives, if council wishes to manage its waste assets effectively it must renew its focus on measures that are designed with the objective of reducing rates of landfill airspace consumption.

What options do we have?

There are a number of strategic and operational activities that will influence this asset management plan if they are adopted by Council:

  1. Improving airspace utilisation at the CWF through better planning, plant utilisation, innovation and application of new technology,
  2. Reducing  rate of landfill by establishing new facilities (potentially on existing sites) to perform specific functions such as composting of organic wastes including food, sorting and processing of construction and demolition waste, recovery of recyclables from commercial and municipal sources.
  3. Identifying and managing risks associated with providing services from infrastructure,
  4. Making trade-offs between service levels and costs to ensure that the community receives the best return from infrastructure,
  5. Identifying assets that are no longer fit for purpose, or able to be rationalised to make savings in future operations and maintenance costs,
  6. Consulting with the community to ensure that waste management services and costs meet community needs and are affordable,
  7. Developing partnership with other bodies, where available to provide services,
  8. Seeking additional funding from governments and other bodies to better reflect a ‘whole of government’ funding approach to infrastructure services.

What happens if we don’t change?

It is likely that we will have to increase levels of revenue to replace the CWF landfill airspace within the next 20 years. Opportunities for economic development and employment in the resource recovery sector will not be realised, and Council risks being ill prepared in the event of a significant change in NSW legislation, such as the application of the section 88 levy.

What can we do?

We can develop options, costs and priorities for future waste management services, consult with the community to plan future services to match the community service needs with ability to pay for services and maximise community benefits against costs. A formal process has been adopted by Council to ensure this happens under development of a new waste management strategy review.

 

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