Effective environmental management

We will show leadership to address waste, climate change and environmental challenges.

Key priorities

  • Reduce our carbon footprint through the use of solar initiatives and other renewable energy options.
  • Educating and assisting our community to act on climate change, by reducing waste, emissions and water usage.
  • Using sustainable materials to construct and renew roads, footpaths and street furniture.
  • Progressively changing standard street lights to LED lights, to help reduce carbon emissions.
  • Commencing Drysdale landfill rehabilitation.
  • Constructing a green organics facility.
  • Planting more trees to green and cool our urban areas.
  • Reducing single-use plastic across the region.
  • Managing pest plants and animals more effectively.

Our aims in 2019-2020

  • Continue the hard waste collection service trial.
  • Implement short and long term strategies to respond to changes in recycling markets.
  • Develop and adopt the Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy.
  • Work with other local governments to implement regional initiatives (sustainable street furniture and road materials, zero landfill waste, waste-to-energy).
  • Trial the Plastic Wise Program at events in our region.
  • Complete feasibility study of the Food Organics Processing and Transfer Station.
  • Develop and implement the Biodiversity Strategy.
  • Implement initiatives from the Rural Peri-Urban Advisory Committee including restoration of rural landscapes.
  • Implement the Urban Forest Strategy.
  • Develop the Northern and Western Growth Areas Biodiversity Conversation Strategy.
  • Foster best agricultural and environmental management practices in rural and peri-urban communities and on Council land.
  • Work with partners for an integrated water strategy for the Northern and Western Geelong Growth Areas.
  • Support Barwon Water to deliver a regional Integrated Water Management Strategy.

Measures of success

  • 60 per cent of garbage, recyclables and green organics collected from kerbside bins diverted from landfill.
  • Emissions reduced from street lights, buildings and vehicle fleet by 50 per cent, by 2020.
  • Increased use of sustainable material in our asset construction and renewal.
  • 16 per cent suburban tree canopy.
  • More than 1,850 street trees planted per annum.

Page last updated: Thursday, 6 May 2021