Local council operations

The EPA provides waste and recycling program and infrastructure funding for local councils, and support for groups of councils to collaborate across regions. Additional assistance includes advice, innovative tools, training and capacity building, handbooks, and guidelines.

Through this support, the EPA aims to boost the critical role local councils play to reduce waste sent to landfill, increase NSW's recycling rates and resource efficiency, and reduce litter and illegal dumping. 

Under the Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Program, the EPA will provide $70 in support through 2017-21, including

About regional waste groups and their strategies

The EPA supports regional collaboration between local councils. This collaboration is critical to meet NSW's goals under Waste Less, Recycle More.

Groups of councils in NSW work together on regional strategies to reduce waste, increase recycling, and combat illegal dumping and littering. Collaborating helps these groups of councils to improve service delivery, standardise their research, share skills and resources, and negotiate cost-effective contracts.

The EPA funds the collaborative work of 15 regional groups of councils in NSW to deliver regional waste strategies and coordinate regional projects and grants.

Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter Region

In Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter, the regional groups cover 46 councils and 5.1 million people.

  • SSROC – Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils
  • WSROC – Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils
  • MACROC – Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils
  • NSROC – Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils
  • SHOROC – The Shore Regional Organisation of Councils
  • IPJO - Illawarra Pilot Joint Organisation
  • Hunter Councils Inc.

For a full list of the member councils within these regional waste groups, see Funding for regional collaboration

Supported by EPA funding, Renew NSW represents 8 voluntary regional waste management groups (VRWGs). This Renew NSW network covers 80 councils and 1.8 million people across rural and regional NSW.

The groups represented by Renew NSW develop and deliver collaborative projects to implement their regional waste strategies. Their strategies seek to improve waste management and resource recovery practices in rural and regional NSW.

Since they were formalised in 2002, these voluntary regional waste management groups have successfully collaborated across regions by

  • improving service delivery in regional and rural areas
  • developing consistent research methods
  • sharing skills and resources
  • negotiating cost-effective contracts

The 8 groups under the umbrella of Renew NSW are

  • NEWaste – North East Waste
  • NIRW – Northern Inland Regional Waste
  • MIDWASTE
  • NetWaste
  • REROC – Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils
  • RAMROC – Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils – Murray Group
  • RAMROC – Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils – Riverina Group
  • SEROC – South East Regional Organisation of Councils

Regional waste strategies help regions assess their current situation, and work out where they want to go and how to get there. These strategies determine the region's priorities and identify current and future infrastructure needs.

Regional waste strategies typically focus on

  • increasing dry recycling
  • targeting organics in the waste stream
  • reducing waste to landfill
  • combating illegal dumping and littering

EPA guidance for preparing regional waste strategies

The EPA provides regional waste strategy guidance for councils, regional organisations of councils (ROCs) and voluntary regional waste groups. The guidance helps these groups develop regional waste strategies. It includes advice on how to structure their strategies, to maintain a consistent approach.

  • Read the 'Regional waste avoidance and resource recovery strategy guidance' (PDF 4.6MB).
  • Learn more about NSW's regional waste strategies

  • NEWaste North East Waste
  • SSROC Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils
  • NIRW Northern Inland Regional Waste
  • Midwaste
  • IPJO Illawarra Pilot Joint Organisation
  • Hunter Councils
  • RAMROC Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils
  • REROC Riverina East Regional Organisation of Councils
  • SHOROC Shore Regional Organisation of Councils
  • SEROC South East Regional Organisation of Councils
  • WSROC Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils
  • MACROC Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils
  • Netwaste
  • NSROC North Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils
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