Environment Committee Meeting

 

  BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 14 April 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

Telephone: 02 9399 0999 or

1300 722 542 (for Sydney metropolitan area)

Fax:02 9319 1510

general.manager@randwick.nsw.gov.au

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Environment Committee                                                                                               14 April 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Environment Committee Meeting

 

Notice is hereby given that an Environment Committee Meeting of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Council Chamber, First Floor, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 at 6:00pm

 

 

Committee Members:         The Mayor (T Seng), Andrews, Belleli, Bowen, D’Souza, Garcia, Matson (Deputy Chairperson), Moore, Nash, Neilson, Roberts, Shurey (Chairperson), Smith, Stavrinos & Stevenson

 

Quorum:                           Eight (8) members

 

NOTE:   At the extraordinary meeting held on 22 May 2007, the Council resolved that the Environment Committee be constituted as a committee with full delegation to determine matters on the agenda.

Apologies/Granting of Leave of Absences 

Confirmation of the Minutes  

Environment Committee Meeting - 10 March 2015

Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Address of Committee by Members of the Public

Privacy warning;

In respect to Privacy & Personal Information Protection Act, members of the public are advised that the proceedings of this meeting will be recorded for the purposes of clause 69 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice.

Urgent Business

Environment Reports

E3/15       National Garage Sale Trail 2014 results for Randwick.............. 1

E4/15       Chemical CleanOut............................................................... 3

E5/15       Randwick Council's 'Green' calendar of events, 2015............... 5    

Notice of Rescission Motions

Nil  

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………….

Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Environment Committee                                                                                               14 April 2015

 

 

Environment Report No. E3/15

 

 

Subject:                  National Garage Sale Trail 2014 results for Randwick

Folder No:               F2008/00413

Author:                    Tara Vaughan, Waste Education Officer      

 

Introduction

 

Each year over the past 3 years, Council has supported the National Garage Sale Trail, an event which supports households organizing and running their own garage sale as a way of recycling and re-using unwanted items from around the home.

 

The cost to Council has been $10,000 for the National Garage Sale Trail to register addresses, provide some support for each garage sale, provide a GIS mapping software for buyers on the day to know where their local garage trails are and evaluate and report results by individual Local Government Area.

 

This report summarises the outcomes from the 2014 National Garage Sale Trail in Randwick and makes a recommendation on participating in the 2015 Garage Sale Trail.

 

Issues

 

The 2014 National Garage Sale Trail was held on October 25, 2014 with 8,500 garage sales held across Australia. Including community garage sales there were more than 70,000 sellers recorded via the National Garage Sale website.

 

Randwick Council’s participation included 116 individual households registering as well as 14 community sites e.g. schools, churches etc This was one of the highest number of community garage sales on the day.

 

Feedback to the organisers on items sold indicated the average sale per seller was $374 from an average number of 26 visits per garage sale location.

 

The more interesting results from the survey taken of participants in the National Garage Sale Trail includes:

 

-    81% would consider taking part in the 2015 National Garage Sale Trail

-    27% of sellers would not have hosted a garage sale if not for the national initiative

-    50% stated that by participating they think differently about what they throw out

-    75% of these respondents stated they were more aware of what could be re-used and recycled;

-    72% said they were more conscious of the role they play individually on reducing their waste

-    69% were aware that their local Council made the Garage Sale Trail happen in their area and

-    59% agreed that their Council helped bring the community together.

 

The 2015 Garage Sale Trail is currently scheduled for Saturday, October 24. It is proposed that Council agree to support the event and commit the $10,000 (excl GST) to host this event in Randwick.

 

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 10:     A healthy environment.

Direction 10(a): Council’s programs and partnerships foster sustainable behavioural change and outcomes.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The cost of participating in the National Garage Sale Trail is $10,000 (excl GST). It is proposed to fund this from the waste education budget from the waste levy.

 

Conclusion

 

The National Garage Sale Trail continues to evolve and demonstrate greater outcomes related to community involvement in recirculating household items for longer and so avoid their dumping incorrectly on Randwick streets and kerbs. With the initiative improving outcomes related to Council’s waste management objectives it is appropriate that Council continues to be involved in 2015.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council approves Randwick’s participation in the 2015 National Garage Sale with the $10,000 allocated from the waste education budget of the waste levy.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Environment Committee                                                                                               14 April 2015

 

 

Environment Report No. E4/15

 

 

Subject:                  Chemical CleanOut

Folder No:               F2008/00413

Author:                    Tara Vaughan, Waste Education Officer      

 

Introduction

 

Over the past few years, residents of metropolitan Sydney have been able to safely dispose of household hazardous wastes including such items as: unwanted paint, pesticides, motor oils, solvents and household cleaners at Chemical CleanOut events.  

 

Collection and disposal of these materials are managed on behalf of local Councils by contractors approved and paid by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) to avoid the situation where waste collection staff and landfill operators are placed at risk when hazardous items are disposed of with general waste of clean-up materials destined for landfill.

 

This report provides the results of the 2013 and 2014 household chemical collections for Randwick and advises the 2015 collection dates.

 

Issues

 

Randwick’s Household Chemical CleanOut events, organised and funded by the NSW EPA are usually held around May and September each year.

 

May events are held at Clovelly Beach car park, Clovelly Rd, Clovelly and September events are held at Heffron Park car park, Fitzgerald Ave, Maroubra.     

The results of the past two year’s events for Randwick residents are shown below:

 

Event

Number of residents attended:

Total amount of chemicals collected:

Most common items collected:

May 2013

983

31,399.2kg

Paints- 22,223kg

Oil- 1888kg

Batteries-1920kg

September 2013

951

30,459.5kg

Paints- 21,166kg

Hydrocarbons/ fuel- 1677kg

Oil- 1622kg

May 2014

817

29,597kg

Paints-22,356.5kg

Inert solid- 1249kg

Oil-1109kg

September 2014

669

24,220kg

Paints- 19,554kg

Oil- 1209kg

Hydrocarbon/fuel- 1079kg


Scheduled events for the 2015 calendar year are:      

·      2 May- Clovelly beach car park, Clovelly Rd, Clovelly

·      26 September- Heffron Park car park, Fitzgerald Ave, Maroubra

These events will be advertised on Council’s website and e-newsletter. Flyers were distributed to all householders and advertised at Council’s Customer Service Centre, Recycling Centre, libraries and local hardware stores.

 

Toxfree, a qualified hazardous chemical management contractor, engaged by the EPA, manage the safe collection and disposal process. 

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome    10:          A healthy environment.

Direction 10(a):                Council is a leader in fostering environmentally sustainable practices.

Direction 10(b):                Environmental risks and impacts are strategically managed.

Direction 10(d):                Sustainable alternative waste technologies and environmentally sound collection systems are identified and implemented. 

 

Financial impact statement

 

The Household Chemical CleanOut collections are funded by the NSW EPA. There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

Household hazardous chemical collection helps reduce the risk of such chemicals entering waste streams.

 

During the last two Chemical CleanOut events, over 53,000kgs of household chemicals were collected and more than 1400 residents participated in the event.

 

Chemical CleanOut events are scheduled for 2015 are:      

·      2 May- Clovelly beach car park, Clovelly Rd, Clovelly

·      26 September- Heffron Park car park, Fitzgerald Ave, Maroubra

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council note:

 

a)     That 53, 000kgs of household chemicals were collected from more than 1400 residents over the two clean up events in 2014

 

b)     Dates of the 2015 Chemical CleanOut collections in Randwick are scheduled for 2 May and 26 September 2015.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Environment Committee                                                                                               14 April 2015

 

 

Environment Report No. E5/15

 

 

Subject:                  Randwick Council's 'Green' calendar of events, 2015

Folder No:               F2004/08350

Author:                    Natalya Mendelevich, Administration and Grants Officer      

 

Introduction

 

Randwick Council’s Sustainability and Strategic Waste team delivers a high number of quality events and activities aimed at providing our community with opportunities to become more sustainable in their home, at school or in their workplace. These are held throughout the year and are separate from the various courses, workshops and training provided to residents at locations such as Randwick Community Centre, Barrett House or Community Nursery. Some remain subject to confirmation.

 

This report provides the key ‘green’ calendar of events for 2015.

 

Issues

 

Key events and activities include:

 

Event/Activity

Description

Date

Status

 

Marine and Coastal Discovery Program - Summer

 

Educational marine and coastal activities

 

Summer (Jan)

 

 

Compl

 

Orientation Week stall at UNSW

 

Council information stall for new students at UNSW

 

Feb 25

 

Compl

 

Earth Hour

 

‘Dine by candlelight’ campaign with 70 local cafes and restaurants

 

 

March 28

 

Compl

 

Marine and Coastal Discovery Program – Autumn

 

 

Educational marine and coastal activities

 

Autumn (April)

 

 

In prog

 

International Composting and Permaculture Week

 

 

Major community event at Randwick Community Centre (including opening of new outdoor classroom)

 

May2

 

In prog

 

Free Mulch for residents

 

 

Free mulch for residents from top yard at Works Depot

 

5 weekends from May to June

 

In prog

 

World Environment Day

 

Launching native and honey bees at Randwick Community Centre

 

June 4

 

In prog

 

Best GRIN winners announced

 

 

Environmental suggestions winners announced

 

 

June 9

 

In prog

 

National Tree Day

 

 

Tree plantings at Council sites (includes Schools Tree Day)

 

July 26

 

In prog

 

 

 

Local Govt Week – Community RESPECT forum

 

Interfaith and cultural celebration of sustainability

 

Aug 5

 

TBC

 

25 year anniversary Perry Street Recycling Centre

 

 

Recycling celebration at Perry Street Recycling Centre

 

August

 

TBC

 

 

National Biodiversity Month

 

 

Launch of Biodiversity Strategy at Randwick Community Centre

 

 

Sept 5

 

TBC

 

 

Free mulch for residents

 

 

Free mulch for residents from top yard at Works Depot

 

4 weekends during Sept

 

In prog

 

Sustainable House Day

 

Open Day at Barrett House

 

Sept 7

 

In prog

 

Bike Week

 

 

To be held during Eco Living Fair

 

Sept 7 - 13

 

In prog

 

Eco Living Fair

 

 

Major sustainability festival for Randwick residents

 

Sept 13

 

In prog

 

Sustainability Schools Exchange

 

 

Temora West Public School visit to Randwick school

 

Sept 13 - 15

 

In prog

 

Marine and Coastal Discovery Program - Spring

 

 

Educational marine and coastal activities

 

Spring (Oct)

 

In prog

 

Fair Food Week

 

Major community event at Randwick Community Centre

 

Oct 10 - 19

 

In prog

 

Ride to Work Day

 

Staff/community bike ride

 

 

Oct 14

 

TBC

 

National Garage Sale Trail

 

Community garage sales

 

 

Oct 24

 

In prog

 

National Recycling Week

 

 

Big Aussie Swap and Recycle event for Randwick residents

 

Nov 9 - 15

 

In prog

 

Walk to Work Day

 

Staff/community walking event

 

Nov 13

 

In prog

 

Best Gift in the World event

 

‘Green’ Christmas campaign

 

Dec 3

 

TBC

 

School grants and funding announcement

 

Food garden and native garden grants for schools

 

Dec 8

 

TBC

Comp = completed, In prog = underway/in progress, TBC = subject to confirmation

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 10:     A healthy environment.

Direction 10(a): Council is a leader in fostering environmentally sustainable practices.

 

Financial impact statement

 

These sustainability community events and activities are funded to an amount of approximately $102,000 for the financial year through the community education budget of the environmental levy program.

 

Conclusion

 

A comprehensive program of events and activities continues to be held each year to maximize opportunities for the Randwick community to become more aware and more active in saving on their energy and water costs, reducing waste and leading a more sustainable lifestyle. The events and activities in the ‘green’ calendar are separate from the range of sustainability courses and workshops held each school term for residents and the school excursion program conducted for students (see E2/15 from Environment Committee (Feb 2, 2015) for Term 1 and 2 workshops and courses).

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council notes and endorses the ‘green’ calendar of sustainability events and activities for 2015.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil