Talis was engaged by the Bunbury Wellington Group of Councils, Capes Regional Organisation of Councils and Warren Blackwood Group of Councils, that represent 12 local governments in the South West of WA, to develop a Regional Waste Management Strategy that provides a long term plan consistent with the draft South West Regional Blueprint (February, 2014). Talis has developed an intimate appreciation for the challenges that are faced by the local governments in the South West including a lack of security on long term waste management treatment options due to increase regulations on existing facilities.
A regional approach supports the generation of greater economies of scale and therefore provides the South West Group with the ability to cater and process larger quantities of waste. By sourcing waste from a wider geographic area there is the very real potential for the South West Group to move towards developing a cost effective regional waste management solution and provide best practice services to residents that may not otherwise have been possible.
The Regional Waste Management Strategy identified and assessed Strategic Options across all levels of the waste hierarchy from waste education through to Waste to Energy to assist the South West Group shift towards a more sustainable consumption cycle. As part of these works, Talis assessed the financial and technical merits for the Strategic Options as well as associated Support Structures
In addition, Talis devised a long term disposal strategy including financial viability and logistically modelling to determine an optimum location for a Regional Landfill facility to service the region.