Council's Waste Reduction and Procurement Policy provides for the consideration of all aspects of environmental sustainability prior to making purchasing decisions. It states that procurement will be based on the principle of value for money over the life cycle of products and decisions will be based on both the environmental performance and cost competitiveness of a product or service.
It also states that waste reduction strategies and practices are to be carried out according to the waste reduction hierarchy – avoid, re-use, recycle/reprocess and finally disposal where no other option is feasible.
Some of the common sustainable products purchased by Council include:
- recycled paper and cardboard products;
- biodiesel (B20) fuel;
- recycled plastic outdoor furniture;
- recycled rubber safety surface;
- recycled crushed concrete;
- recycled road base; and
- hybrid vehicles.
Marrickville Council is a member of the Local Government and Shires Associations Sustainable Choice purchasing program. More information about this program can be found at the Sustainable Choice website.