Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy open for feedback

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Council has released a draft Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy for public feedback.

The strategy explains how the City of Greater Geelong will contribute to a circular economy by reducing, re-using and minimising waste in the region over the next 10 years.

It sets three overall goals, developed with the help of extensive community input:

  1. avoid creating waste – to reduce waste by actively avoiding it
  2. recover more resources – to value waste as a resource and recover more from it and
  3. protect the environment – to reduce the impact waste has on the environment.

Through a series of planned actions and measurable targets under each goal, the strategy is expected to deliver a major shift in the City’s approach to waste management. It will see more waste diverted from landfill and re-used in other products.

Key actions over the life of the strategy include:

  • phasing out single use plastics across City-owned buildings
  • implementing a trial food organics collection service
  • investigating options and preparing a business case for the development of a food organics processing facility
  • preparing a business case to establish a best practice facility for bulk transport of residual waste
  • delivering education programs to help the community reduce kerbside bin contamination and increase resource recovery and
  • partnering with government agencies, other local governments and organisations to explore opportunities for resource recovery and alternative waste technologies.

The final strategy will also incorporate the actions in the state government’s yet-to-be-released Circular Economy Policy and review of kerbside recycling services.

A Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry report on recycling and waste management released last week made 46 recommendations, including for the state government to:

  • invest in building more regional Materials Recovery Facilities
  • provide funding assistance for councils to introduce a fourth kerbside bin for glass only and
  • introduce a container deposit scheme.

The draft strategy is now available for community feedback for the next eight weeks.

Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor

The return of our yellow bin kerbside recycling service next Monday is welcome news, but the events of this year have taught us that this can only be seen as a medium-term solution, and is only one part of the overall puzzle.

We must find sustainable long-term solutions that will prevent a recycling crisis from ever happening again, and this strategy will guide our efforts in doing that.

We need to make a shift from viewing waste as something to be disposed of, to a valuable resource that can be recovered and re-used. Through this strategy we will actively seek end uses for all ‘resources’ with the aim of minimising what we put into landfill.

Councillor Ron Nelson - Chair, Waste Management portfolio

The number one thing we can do when it comes to reducing waste is to avoid creating it in the first place and be responsible with what we bring into our homes.

We need to get this strategy right, which is why I’m excited to hear what the community comes up with during further consultation. Council will continue to advocate for a container deposit scheme from the state government and stronger packaging guidelines from the federal government.

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