Your Council is committed to making Warringah sustainable and has received numerous accolades and awards for its green initiatives.
We are reducing our greenhouse emissions with upgraded lighting, heating and cooling systems to six of our biggest buildings – Cromer Administration Building, Civic Centre, Dee Why Library, Warringah Mall Library, Glen Street Theatre and the Warringah Aquatic Centre.
We use 25% Green Power at all of the above sites as well as Belrose Library and Brookvale Oval.
We have installed solar panels on seven council-owned buildings, significantly reducing each building’s dependence on non-renewable energy. The energy generated from our solar panels is equivalent to the energy used by 10 three-bedroom houses.
We have sourced more fuel efficient vehicles and use a more environmentally-friendly soy-diesel fuel in our diesel fuelled vehicles.
By using soy diesel in our fleet, we produce 19% less greenhouse gas per litre than regular fossil-diesel powered vehicles. That's equivalent to reducing our annual greenhouse gas emissions by 64 tonnes - or taking nine cars off the road.
In 2011 we won first prize in the 'Sustainable Procurement Award' for our Soy Diesel initiative at the Procurement Australia Excellence Awards 2011 - beating competition from local and state government organisations from NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
Soy diesel is made from soy oil - a by-product of soybeans when processed into soybean meal for animal feed - and is Australian made. It is supplied by United and is available to the community.
Cycling in Warringah
More bikes mean fewer cars, fitter people and less greenhouse emissions. We’re building more cycle paths, and we’ve made a cycling map of Warringah.
We’re restoring our bushland areas by removing weeds, replanting native species and encouraging the return of healthy bushland.
We have nearly 150 sites where we undertake professional bush regeneration and/or fire management works.
As the manager of large natural areas of bushland and waterways, we have developed the draft Biodiversity Conservation Study (WBCS) to assist in the prioritisation of bushland management. The draft WBCS was prepared using high-resolution aerial photography and GIS data layers containing high-quality biodiversity and other land management data. Field surveys were also carried out.
Waste and Recycling
We’re continuing to reduce landfill and grow our recycling program. The proportion of waste diverted from landfill has increased for four years in a row.
Warringah Council has a 51% share holding of Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre. We have been working cooperatively with Kimbriki and the other share holders (SHOROC councils) to plan a Regional Waste Solution to maximise waste diversion from landfill - in line with State Government waste targets. As part of this solution Kimbriki is continuing its transformation into a state-of-the-art resource recovery centre.
An eWaste recycling system was developed and implemented at Kimbriki following a SHOROC wide-ban on kerbside collection in 2010.
Kimbriki also has an education centre, the Eco House and Garden, which promotes sustainable living and gardening through workshops, corporate training, group educational visits, and school group tours. Eco House is made from 80% reused materials.
Water Saving Measures
We’ve been installing water-saving measures across our operations and services since 2004. Between 2005 and 2010, we reduced our water consumption by 75,000 kilolitres over the previous five year period. This equates to a 40% reduction in water consumption – or 75 Olympic size swimming pools.
These water consumption reductions resulted from the installation of an 85,000L rainwater tank at the Warringah Aquatic Centre; improved maintenance and operating procedures through the regular checking for and reporting of leaky fittings; better monitoring of water consumption; retrofitting Council facilities with dual flush toilets and water-flow restrictors; increased staff awareness of the importance of water saving; and changes to cleaning practices, such as the use of trigger hoses.
We also reduce our reliance of water supplied by Sydney Water by using bore water and recycled water for irrigating some of our sportsfields.