Looking after the needs of older people is a complex business. Dealing with waste has tended to be low on the priority list even though the average residential aged care facility is an intense user of resources.
Landfill is being avoided thanks to a unique partnership between the South Australian Government, the aged care sector and waste management industry.
Zero Waste SA has been working closely with both sectors through its Industry Program which funded waste management reviews for a small group of aged care providers. The reviews demonstrated that with the support of waste management companies, the recycling rate could be lifted by about 40%.