Local Government Program

The Local Government Program is a council-led partnership that delivers waste and recycling projects to benefit all participating councils. Funded through contributions from councils, the program provides a coordinated approach to waste and recycling activities and improved cost efficiencies for councils.

The Forum oversees the Local Government Program, including picking projects for inclusion in the program. BSWWRRG administer the program on behalf of the Forum, working in partnership with the ARG.

Click here to read about some of the projects that have been funded through the Local Government Program.

Regional Kerbside Bin Audits

In 2018, BSWWRRG audited 3515 waste, recycling and organics bins across the region. The purpose of this audit was to understand what is going into the kerbside bins and measure key performance indicators such as recycling and contamination rates. This audit information is being used by councils and BSWWRRG to plan services and projects that improve resource recovery.

Food Organics and Garden Organics Direction Study

This study reviewed kerbside food organics and garden organics (FOGO) collection services from across Australia and recommended preferred kerbside collection systems for Barwon South West councils to maximise the recovery of FOGO.

Read the summary here: Food Organics & Garden Organics Direction Study

Resource Recovery Centre Assessment Report

This project assessed all 36 council operated transfer stations in the region against Sustainability Victoria’s Best Practice Guidelines and provided recommendations for site improvements.

Read the summary here: Resource Recovery Centre Assessment Report Summary

Priority Materials Report

This project identified priority materials that councils find hard to recycle and recommended opportunities for councils to work together to improve the recovery of these materials and collection efficiencies. This report was mainly focused on the collection of materials at transfer stations.

A summary of this report can be found here: Priority Materials Report Summary

Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Education Strategy

BSWWRRG developed a strategy to guide the region’s waste education activities over the next five years.

A copy of this strategy can be found here: Education Strategy

Waste Strategy Template

BSWWRRG developed a Resource Recovery and Waste Management Strategy template to make it easier for councils to prepare a resource recovery and waste management strategy, and align the council strategies with the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan.

Collaborative Resourcing Opportunities Review

This project identified opportunities for councils to procure waste and recycling services collaboratively. Collaborative procurement can provide various advantages to councils including cost savings, shared knowledge and expertise, and increased bargaining power.