Zero Waste SA is a South Australian state government organisation which enables people to improve their recycling and waste avoidance practices, whether at home, at work or in industry.
Through collaboration, advocacy, financial incentives and education, we are working towards meeting the target to ‘reduce waste by 35% by 2020’ with a milestone of 25% by 2014 as set out in South Australia’s Strategic Plan. Efforts made under South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2005-2010 have reduced the amount of waste going to landfill in our State by 17.32% since 2003-04.
Read about our current projects in the February 2013 issue of FOCUS.
UN finds SA’s waste management global best practice:
South Australia’s waste management achievements have been recognised in the UN-HABITAT publication Solid Waste in the World’s Cities, which assesses the waste and recycling systems of more than 20 cities worldwide.
The publication reveals that South Australians are highly environmentally conscious;
“South Australia has demonstrated a high level of political commitment and willingness to ‘stick its neck out’ and implement some policies and legislation upon which other administrations take a more conservative position. The Zero Waste Act and Plastic Bag Ban are two excellent samples of South Australia’s government showing leadership by putting in place arrangements to support a major drive towards the 3R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle).”
Why Zero Waste SA was established:
Zero Waste SA’s establishment was the result of the South Australian Government realising a new strategy was needed to increase waste avoidance and recycling. It was recognised that waste management in South Australia was still fundamentally reliant on landfill, despite efforts to change this.
On 1 July 2003, the Office of Zero Waste SA was proclaimed a statutory authority by the South Australian Government, and in February 2004, legislation to create Zero Waste SA was passed. Read the Zero Waste SA Act (2004) here.