Here’s an update on what’s been happening in waste and recycling:
Negotiations are in progress to get recyclables out of landfill and back into the recycling stream. We anticipate that we should be up and running again by mid-December, ahead of the busy summer period. We will make an official announcement as soon as we can.
Fourth Bin Trial:
For the past three weeks, 30 households of varying sizes from Moriac to Lorne have had a 120L purple-lidded bin at their house for collecting glass. Next week we’ll collect the bins, get feedback from the participants, and analyse the content and volumes of material in the bins.
If you are one of the participating houses, check your inbox over the coming days for information on when to put the bins on the kerb and how to provide feedback.
Regional Recycling Action Plan
We joined representatives from local government, government agencies, industry, community and technical experts from across the Barwon South West region in a workshop last month to inform a Regional Recycling Action Plan. We discussed challenges and opportunities for developing a sustainable and resilient kerbside recycling program, and we’ll meet again in December to shape and prioritise actions for the region.
Shifting Victoria to a Circular Economy
The Victorian Government is developing a circular economy policy and action plan, to be released late 2019. The policy will lead to new ways for Victorians to reduce waste in all stages of making, using and disposing of the products and infrastructure we rely on every day.
We made a submission to the discussion paper earlier in August this year
Learn more about the circular economy policy and action plan
Victorian Waste Education Conference
We shared some information about the Surf Coast Plastic Wise Policy for Events and Markets at the Victorian Waste Education Conference in October. It was a chance to share some success stories, which attracted interest from a number of other councils and community members as we move into the busy summer season.
The conference was also an opportunity to hear about research and responses to Victoria’s recycling crisis, community initiatives to reduce waste, successful behaviour change campaigns, food waste reduction programs and more.
Infrastructure Victoria report
We have been working on our submission to Infrastructure Victoria’s paper on recycling and resource recovery.
The paper is the result of an initial look into how the industry has been operating, including what’s been working and what hasn’t, and it will advise how infrastructure and government action can create a stronger, sustainable recycling sector in Victoria.
They are still accepting submissions from members of the public. Visit their website to learn more and make a submission before Friday 13 December 2019.