On 9 April 2014, the ACCC granted authorisation to Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) and its member councils (Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby) to tender and contract jointly for the transfer, processing and disposal of household waste until 2030.

The ACCC noted that if the councils combine to offer a larger volume of waste, it could provide incentives to existing providers and possible new entrants for waste transfer, processing and disposal services to compete harder to win the tender. It also considered that the arrangement would provide benefits such as reducing operational risk and improving incentives for capital investment.