IBM is helping Ballarat use technology to modernise it was disposal and recycling as part of a $500,000 Smarter Cities Challenge Grant.
IBM experts have reported back to the council after a three-week project, which included interviews of dozens of local officials and community stakeholders on the issue of how Ballarat can realise its vision of becoming a leader in the use of strategies to manage residential and industrial waste more effectively.
Ballarat mayor, John Philips, said waste management was a key priority for the city.
"We want to lead the way in developing best practice approaches that can be shared with other councils and communities,” he said.
"We want to empower our community to take action now to ensure our waste management capabilities are both more efficient and more sustainable, as well as explore how we can get more economic value from waste as a resource stream”.
As one of 16 worldwide IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant recipients in 2014, and one of only two Australian cities to be awarded the grant in 2014, the City of Ballarat had access to five of IBM's top experts, who spent three weeks analysing and advising on the council's waste management strategy.
IBM corporate citizenship manager, Miranda Scarff, said Ballarat had already invested significantly in waste management and there was depth of knowledge, expertise and systems in place.
"By bringing the best minds in Ballarat together with IBM’s experts, better ways to manage local waste resources, reduce reliance on landfill, and support economic growth can be uncovered,” she said.
Philips said, the council was extremely excited about the next phase of the project as it starts to look at how it can implement IBM’s recommendations.