VIC councils awarded $1.25M for kerbside upgrades

Five Victorian councils will share in $1.25 million from Sustainability Victoria, to improve collection, separation and recovery of organics and glass from kerbside recycling.

According to a Sustainability Victoria statement, the funding will allow the councils to divert 28,000 tonnes of organic material and 4600 tonnes of glass from landfill each year.

“With almost half the contents of a household garbage bin being food or garden waste, there is enormous opportunity to collect and reprocess this resource that will improve the value of soils in agricultural production systems,” the statement reads.

“Surf Coast Shire Council have been trialling using existing garden bins to also collect food waste across 3000 households in Anglesea, which has seen a significant 24 per cent reduction in waste being sent to landfill.”

Both Warrnambool City Council and Yarra City Council have received grants to separate glass from the kerbside commingle recycling bin.

“Warrnambool Shire Council received overwhelming public support for a separate recycling bin for glass,” the statement reads.

“The Warrnambool community want to recycle and keep recycled resources local. A separate glass bin allows glass to be recycled locally and creates jobs.”

Projects 

Maribyrnong City Council: $472,000 to expand its existing garden organics collection to include food waste, and introduce additional collection services.

Yarra City Council: $400,000 to expand on existing collections services that segregate glass and organics.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council: $182,000 to expand its existing garden organics collection to include food waste, and introduce additional collection services.

Surf Coast Shire Council: $150,000 to expand its existing garden organics collection to include food waste, and introduce additional garden and food waste collection services to rural properties.

Warrnambool City Council: $47,000 to provide three seperate recycling collection services, with a new bin exclusively for glass.

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The Victorian Government, the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recover Group, waste industry and local councils will come together to develop the business case as part of the Western Metropolitan Partnership.

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It will act as an advisory group established by the state government to provide a way for communities to directly engage with state and local governments. The partnership will also aim to provide advice on the top priorities for jobs, services and infrastructure.

In 2017, the partnership advised there was a need for well-planned suburbs and improved waste management.

Local government areas covered by the partnership include Maribyrnong City Council, Brimbank City Council, Melton City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Moonee Valley City Council and Wyndham City Council.

The business case will be delivered under the $37 million Recycling Industry Strategic Plan.

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