Building on existing public transport connections with electric vehicle transport hubs, shared autonomous vehicles and other innovative transport technologies can further reduce greenhouse emissions, and reduce levels of noise and air pollution. Prioritising parking spaces for car sharing and carpooling can support more efficient use of road space and help reduce emissions. Emerging transport technologies will reduce the need for parking spaces and help reduce congestion.
Designing high-efficiency buildings and incorporating renewable energy generation will reduce emissions and reduce costs over time. This means improving the energy and water efficiency of buildings, and reducing waste in urban renewal projects and infrastructure projects.
Recycling local water and harvesting stormwater creates opportunities to green public open spaces including parks, ovals and school playgrounds. Recycling water diversifies the sources of water to meet demand for drinking, irrigating open spaces, keeping waterways clean and contributing to Greater Sydney’s water quality objectives.
Recycling and reducing waste
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 waste management in Greater Sydney are required.
Waste is managed through a number of facilities in the South District. Lucas Heights Resource Recovery Park is the largest waste-receiving facility in the District. Organic waste is diverted through the Garden Organics Processing Facility, producing compost and mulch products for landscaping and horticultural use. The Lucas Heights smart cell facility breaks down organic waste to produce electricity. The Resource Recovery Centre and Waste Collection Point is a separate collection point for recyclable materials, scrap metals, hazardous items, old clothing and household rubble.
There is a waste and recycling centre at Taren Point for recyclable and non-recyclable items. Chullora Resource Recovery Park is a transfer station for general household waste as well as processing garden organics before transfer to other facilities for composting. Some waste disposed in the South District is trucked to landfills outside the District, including interstate.
The planning and design of new developments should support the sustainable and effective collection and management of waste. The Environment Protection Authority has prepared a range of guidelines and other information to assist in the sustainable management of waste.
Treating separated organic waste and then processing it through an energy-from-waste facility, will reduce waste sent to landfill and can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In higher density neighbourhoods, innovative precinct-based waste collection, re-use and recycling would improve efficiency, reduce truck movements and boost the recycling economy. Where possible, additional land should be identified for waste management, reprocessing, re-use and recycling.