Welcome to RAMJO Riverina Waste Group
The RAMJO Riverina Waste Group is a regional group of councils working together to develop cost-effective resource recovery and waste reduction programs.
The group has a collaborative approach to waste management across:
- Carrathool Shire Council
- Griffith City Council
- Hay Shire Council
- Leeton Shire Council
- Murrumbidgee Council
- Narrandera Shire Council
From identifying key projects and priorities for current future services, developing infrastructure and delivering educational programs, our team is on a mission to help residents in our communities reduce waste, improve sustainability and save money.
The Riverina Waste Group is auspiced by the Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation (RAMJO) and funded primarily through the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
In Riverina Waste Group news…
Hay Shire Council have received funding for the development of the Hay Material Recovery Facility
Hay Shire Council has been awarded $1.35 million for the development of its expansive Hay Material Recovery Facility through the Federal Government’s Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program Round 3. The Council has also recently received an additional $900,000 from the Recycling Modernisation Fund.
Once completed, the infrastructure will allow Hay and surrounding councils to expand its recycling capabilities, with 6,400 tonnes of waster being recovered annually. This regional facility with a new sorter, crusher, shredder and baler will recycle plastics, glass, paper, cardboard and tyres as well as construction and demolition waste.
This development will support environmental sustainability and is a major stepping-stone towards sustainable waste practices. With the project a major development for the region, it will also give a boost to employment, with the creation of additional local jobs.
Types of Household Waste
Organic waste includes food scraps, paper-based products and general garden and pruning waste.
Recyclable waste includes paper including magazines and newspapers, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, juice and milk cartons, and cans.
Liquid wastes are wastewater, fats, oils, grease and hazardous household liquids.
Examples of hazardous waste include herbicides, pesticides, paints, industrial solvents, fluorescent light bulbs and medical waste products.
Solid waste is all discarded household, commercial waste, industrial and agricultural waste.
Australia wastes 7.3 million tonnes of food each year
The average household can save up to $3000 per year by not wasting food
Innovative Sunset on Solar Project
The Sunset on Solar project aims to divert end of life solar panels from across southern NSW landfills for further processing.
RAMJO member councils – Murray River, Griffith, Hay, Federation, Berrigan, Leeton and AlburyCity – are involved in the project which will aim to recycle approximately 7,500 panels during its timeframe.
Did You Know?
Electronic waste is growing at least three times the rate of other waste streams in Australia. According to Planet Ark’s MobileMuster, there are 5 million broken or no-longer working mobile phones going to waste in drawers, cupboards and storage boxes across Australia.
Mobile phones are made up of plastics and metals that can be recovered and turned into new products like jewellery and fence posts. When mobile phones are thrown away and sent to landfill, these valuable materials go to waste.
MobileMuster’s Go for Zero challenge aims to recycle every broken or unused phone in Australia.
There are a few ways you can recycle your old phone:
- Find your closest collection point and drop it off for free. There are 3,500 collection points across the country including most Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Samsung and Officeworks stores.
- Mail it to MobileMuster. You can pick up a free recycling mail satchel from Australia Post or order one from MobileMuster.
- Organisations can sign up to be a collection point or support the Go for Zero challenge by encouraging their staff and community to get involved. Visit Go for Zero to register and download a free starter kit.
The RAMJO Riverina Waste Team toured Kurrajong Recycling in Wagga where they process and sell recyclable materials each year from the Riverina region, while providing a supported workplace for some staff through NDIS.
Last year, the facility received 22,000 tonnes of recyclable materials from local councils, businesses and the community.
100 Million Cans Recycled in Riverina and Murray region
Riverina and Murray residents recycled a whopping 100 million cans between 2017 and 2020.
If put together, all those cans recycled through the Return and Earn Scheme, would stretch from Sydney to Auckland six times!
The RAMJO waste teams recently toured one of the bulk container deposit scheme facilities in the region.
Run by St Vincent de Paul, the Wagga site offers cage collection, bins for schools and sporting groups, commercial bins for businesses, bag drop services, and services for walk-in customers.
Through the Return and Earn Scheme, the majority of containers between 150ml and 3 litres are accepted and can get recyclers a refund.
The Riverina Waste Group is a collective arrangement of the following councils
Carrathool Shire Council, Griffith City Council, Hay Shire Council, Leeton Shire Council, Murrumbidgee Council, Narrandera Shire Council
The regional group of councils is auspiced by the Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation (RAMJO) and is funded primarily through the Environment Protection Authority EPA.