Waste management really matters

Community waste management needs improving.

Why ruin your community with poor waste management

Preserving the ‘regional dream’ means banding together to maintain and enhance a pristine environment for everyone to enjoy. Community waste management should never be allowed to be taken for granted.  You do not have to travel far to find a polluter river or creek.

Prosperous communities can make their mark by articulating their unique clean, green and tidy look, as a point of differentiation. ‘Creating a unique selling proposition to stand out from the crowd in waste management might be needed. It is also a way to attract prospective new businesses and tourists.

Look at the pride people have when they win tidy town’s competitions. Sometimes a community just needs to be a little different to win the hearts and minds of people.

When you think about waste as a resource, it can open up a whole world of possibilities for improving the community. Communities must become committed to helping industry, businesses and the community generally to create a sustainable community for generations to come. Waste problems are not insurmountable with the right attitudes driving the right strategies and actions.

Old unused shops, what a waste of a community asset?


We need to apply modern thinking to waste management

You cannot solve the community’s waste management problems by using old thinking and the same old strategies. Wrong strategies can only lead to the wrong outcomes, not the ones the community members and others are wanting. If you are going to steal anything, start stealing good ideas to clean up your community.

Waste comes in many forms either solids, liquids, or gases. Each has different methods of disposal and management. From turning food waste into a nutrient-rich soil compost, finding innovative recycling solutions, or the delivery of garbage and recycling collection services for households and businesses. You cannot ignore waste if you want a natural and pristine community.

Why would you want to ruin another community because of poor waste management?


Waste management or waste disposal include all the activities and actions required to manage waste from its inception to its final destination. It includes amongst other things collection, transport, treatment and disposal along with monitoring and regulation. It is also about managing the legal and regulatory framework which relates to waste management control and recycling.

Waste management is intended to reduce adverse effects of waste on human and animal health, the environment and aesthetics. Despite the fact dumps represent the worst-case scenario in current waste management practices regarding environmental protection and sustainability, they still occurred across our regional communities.

Some waste problems might include

The lack of government policy and finance, difficulty with political issues and long-term planning in waste management can be painful.

  • Social behaviour
  • Resistance to change
  • Separation of wastes at the source
  • Regular waste collection services
  • Inadequate waste management infrastructure
  • Low quality of waste management services
  • Poor environmental awareness
  • Poor market for recycled materials

All of these factors contribute to the existence of open community dumps. Such disposal sites are often located in the proximity of households and town water supplies. The dumps are a source of pollution in the air, water, soil, and biodiversity, which threatens the community’s health.

Quotable Quotes

“Your progress as a community can be measured by the impact of your differentiation when it comes to waste management”. Peter Sergeant

“Ruins are reminders to keep building”. Ryan Foland



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