implementation of a food waste collection trial in Lara and the launch of a
modern reusable nappy program are among the City of Greater Geelong’s
achievements in the waste and resource recovery space.
noted the first progress report for the Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2020-30, that aims to help the organisation and community manage waste and resources
and minimise impacts on the environment.
which was informed by extensive community input and incorporates recent
national and state policies, explains how the City will avoid, reduce, reuse
and recover waste over the next 10 years.
The City has
delivered on all 79 short, medium and long-term actions in the strategy,
despite some projects being delayed by COVID-19 restrictions. Highlights
- Subsidised compost bins and worm farms are now
available as part of a new home composting program;
- Recycled building materials are being trialled in road
construction projects, including at Maple Place, Waurn Ponds where 366
tonnes of fine crushed rock was reused and 150,000 plastic bags were
diverted from landfill;
- A compliance campaign was launched and inspectors
worked with developers to prevent waste from escaping from building sites;
- The municipality has offered to be a trial site for the
Victorian Government’s container deposit scheme;
- An expansion of community waste education programs saw
a drop in household recycling and garden organic bin contamination;
- The hard waste collection service introduced as a trial
in 2019 is now permanent and available to all residents;
- Gas at the Drysdale Landfill is captured and turned
into electricity, equivalent to powering 1,500 homes each year; and
- Work is underway to deliver the post-closure plan for the Drysdale Landfill to rehabilitate the site for community recreation
use and environment restoration.
waste programs were recognised at the 2021 Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards, with
the Recycled Roads program winning the Waste Award. This contributed to the
organisation taking out the overall 2021 Sustainable City award.
It was exciting to see the progress being made in achieving council’s waste and resource recovery goals.
are many clever and creative projects underway that demonstrate a major shift
in our approach to waste management and our transition to a circular economy,
there is still room to improve some our current practices.
around the opportunities for green waste collection and processing ready for
market, new technologies relating to putrescible, commercial and industrial
waste disposal, and to release the pressure on our landfill sites of the
has been strong in the message that it wants greater action from council around
incumbent on council to be a leader in tackling waste and protecting our
environment, and it requires all levels of government, businesses and
communities to help take responsibility.
I look forward
to the City creating opportunities in a timely manner and I hope the broader
community is inspired to make change in their own lives and organisations,
because we all need to step up to make the most impact.
performance on the Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2020-30
reported on biennially.