Seventeen Victorian councils will share more than $1 million in grants to help prepare residents for a move to a four-bin recycling service.
Victorians will soon be sorting their household waste and recycling into four streams – all local government areas will transition to a new glass service by 2027 and a new food and garden organics service by 2030.
The grants are for council campaigns to help their residents understand what is changing and what they need to do.
Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change said educating communities on new household recycling services is essential for a successful transition.
“We want all Victorians to be accurately sorting their recycling, and to feel confident doing so. Our new household recycling services will maximise recycling capacity, create new jobs and help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
“Education campaigns like this will help Victoria reach its goal of diverting 80 per cent of waste from landfill.”
Local governments such as Hobsons Bay City Council and Macedon Ranges Shire Council are leading the way in the rollout, having introduced new kerbside bins.
Sustainability Victoria will provide communication materials based on behaviour change theory and research, allowing councils to focus their funding on advertising and engaging residents.
All councils and alpine resort management boards are eligible for funding under the $6.03 million Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Fund. The next funding round will be announced in 2022, with two more rounds to follow.
The Government has invested more than $515 million towards the biggest reform of Victoria’s waste and recycling industry. This includes $380 million to deliver Recycling Victoria, which works towards reducing waste, boosting jobs and creating a circular economy.
For more information visit sustainability.vic.gov.au