There is diminishing capacity in existing landfill sites in Greater Sydney, with more waste being sent to landfill outside the region. This increases costs to the community. Additional sites for resource recovery within Greater Sydney would reduce waste going to landfill and the associated transport costs. Identifying suitable sites is challenging due to the potential impacts of odour, truck movements and noise. Therefore, retaining industrial land locally for waste management and recycling is critical. Support is required for councils and the private sector to identify and develop additional sites to deliver more efficient waste management for Greater Sydney.
Land use plans need to address opportunities to develop recycling and waste management facilities.