Environment Pillar Update

Latest Pillar Activity
Environment Pillar

Recycling Victoria policy and action plan - Melanie Oke

Recycling Victoria is a ten-year plan, supported by more than $300 million funding, that will:

  • transform Victoria’s recycling sector
  • generate jobs and create a new economy
  • drive investment and innovation to reduce waste.

Goals of Recycling Victoria

  1. Design to last, repair and recycle
  2. Use products to create more value
  3. Recycle more resources
  4. Reduce harm from waste

Key programs

  • $96.5 million to help local businesses give new life to old rubbish
  • $14.6 million to support councils and communities reduce waste
  • $129 million to reform kerbside recycling and introduce CDS
  • $71.4 million to tackle waste crime and keep Victorians safe.

Victorian recycling campaign

  • Can I recycle this?’ item search tool
  • Top 5 items to keep out
  • Why your recycling matters
  • Where your recycling goes


Coming soon: recycled products procurement

BSWWRRG Regional update - Philippa Bates

RRAP outcomes
Four key themes:

  • Waste avoidance and minimisation
  • Reduce contamination in comingled recycling bins
  • Improve processing to produce a higher quality end product
  • Increase market demand for products made out of recycled materials

The RRAP is very much aligned to the overall aims of Recycling Victoria.

Examples of key actions:

  • Delivering a region-wide information campaign and behaviour change program about waste reduction and recycling
  • Helping identify and implement the optimal kerbside bin service for each council
  • Exploring an optimal regional infrastructure model (ORIM)
  • Identifying and promoting local markets for recovered resources

The RRAP can be found at reduce-recycle.com.au

Recycling Victoria – local opportunities

  • Driving demand for recovered materials - Recycled First government procurement policy for major transport infrastructure
  • New resource recovery infrastructure
  • A new $10m business support grants program – to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste to landfill and reduce business costs

Local Government Program

  • Partnership between BSW councils to deliver waste and resource recovery initiatives that provide joint benefits

2020-2021 Projects

  • Optimum Recycling Infrastructure Model
  • Love Food Hate Waste Campaign
  • Let’s Go FOGO
  • Recycling Education
  • Zero Waste Map
  • Buy Recycled Campaign
  • Closed Landfill templates

COGG Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy - Rod Thomas (COGG)

Extensive consultation has helped prepare the City of Greater Geelong Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy.

The Strategy Vision; the City contributes to a circular economy by leading and supporting the community to actively avoid waste and increase resource recovery.

The Strategy has 3 Goals: 

  1. Avoid creating waste
  2. Recover more resources
  3. Protect the environment

Colac Otway Shire Waste Services

Kerbside waste collection services

Colac Otway Shire (COS) service the following tenements

  • 9964 Weekly tenements
  • 165 fortnightly tenements
  • Additional bin services-Red bins-upgraded 240L-73, Additional 240L red bins-72, additional 240L organics bins-31

Kerbside & Transfer Station Tonnages

2018-19 General waste & Organics from Kerbside and transfer stations

  • General waste -5164.97 tonnes
  • Organics-2757.84 tonnes
  • Recycling -2243.07 tonnes

YTD- General waste & organics from Kerbside & Transfer stations

  • General waste - 4453.97 tonnes
  • Organics-2671.02 tonnes
  • Recycling -1968.95 tonnes

Kerbside Organics Waste

  • The main Issue is that Food scraps are still in general waste bins

Surf Coast Shire Council Kerbside Bin Reform

New four bin service in 2021

  • Planned to go live with four bin service on 6 July 2020.
  • Has been delayed until Feb/March 2021 due to COVID- 19.
  • The new service includes full FOGO and a fourth bin for separating glass. Landfill bin changes to fortnightly colle

Service is based on results from Council’s Anglesea FOGO pilot (2018-19) and glass bin trial (2019), and best practice waste management principles.

The project aligns with the state government’s kerbside reform under the new Circular Economy Policy.

The service will change for everyone in the shire at the same time, including urban and rural properties. Rural residents can still opt in or out of Council’s waste service.

Councils are creating joint FOGO communication materials through BSWWRRG.

Reasons for delaying the project:

  • Timing: our community is already experiencing much change, and are likely to generate more waste by being at home more (bad time to change to fortnightly landfill bin collection).
  • Logistics: increased complexity and risk due to Council and contractors working remotely and under social distancing requirements.
  • Communication: inability to use face-to-face methods, and more difficult to cohesively manage enquiries with the Customer Service and Waste teams working remotely.