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Waste and Recycling

Waste management is one of the largest expenses for councils, with more than $191 million spent in 2015 / 2016.

Councils also own and operate most of South Australia’s waste management facilities and manage the fleet of trucks that collect household waste.

Another important role played by councils is educating residents, businesses and schools about waste and recycling.

All of these services are provided by local government under the umbrella of state government legislation including the Environment Protection Act 1993 and the Zero Waste SA Act 2004.

The LGA takes an active interest in waste and recycling and has made this a particular focus in recent years. By supporting Councils and working cooperatively with the State Government, including both Zero Waste SA and the EPA, the LGA is making a significant contribution to positive reforms currently taking place in South Australia.

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