On 28 August, 23 out of 96 members of megacity network C40 signed the organisation’s Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration. One of those cities was Sydney.

Aside from supporting C40’s global aim of ensuring a healthier more sustainable future, the city council’s move strengthens Sydney’s goal of reducing generated waste and the amount of waste sent to landfills by 2030.

There is a huge focus on managing the residential and commercial sectors’ waste, but the pressure is higher for the construction and demolition sector.

By 2021, waste producers and waste operators in the local government area (LGA) are expected to help the city in its aim to divert 80% of construction and demolition waste from landfills. This target is 10% higher compared to the set marker for residents and businesses in LGAs.

By 2030, the target is raised to 90% for all sectors.