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).

Types of Household Waste

Organic waste

Organic waste includes food scraps, paper-based products and general garden and pruning waste.

Recyclable waste

Recyclable waste includes paper including magazines and newspapers, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, juice and milk cartons, and cans.

Liquid waste

Liquid wastes are wastewater, fats, oils, grease and hazardous household liquids.

Hazardous waste

Examples of hazardous waste include herbicides, pesticides, paints, industrial solvents, fluorescent light bulbs and medical waste products.

Solid waste

Solid waste is all discarded household, commercial waste, industrial and agricultural waste.

Quiz

How much do you know about waste? Take our quiz to find out…

Australia is getting better at recycling, however NSW still generates almost 2.8 tonnes of solid waste per person each year (NSW Waste and Sustainable Material Strategy 2041). Do you know what happens to your rubbish?

Fast Fact

Australia wastes 7.3 million tonnes of food each year

The average household can save up to $3000 per year by not wasting food

Business in Focus

Minimising waste in your business

Find out the local companies leading the way on sustainability initiatives

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Mail it to MobileMuster. You can pick up a free recycling mail satchel from Australia Post or order one from MobileMuster.
  3. 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.

On Location

 

Kurrajong Recycling

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.

Video Courtesy of REROC & Kurrajong

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.