Geelong adopts new waste strategy

City of Greater Geelong will aim to divert 80% of waste from landfill by 2030 under their new Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy.

The strategy aims for the City to contribute to a circular economy by leading and supporting the community to actively avoid waste and increase the reuse and recycling of materials and products.

It sets out how the City will reduce, re-use and minimise waste over the next 10 years and incorporates recent Federal and State Government policies, such as the Recycling Victoria policy.

The strategy is expected to deliver a major shift in the City’s approach to waste management and will see more waste diverted from landfill for re-use or recycling.

City of Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said that it was time for the City to approach waste management differently.

“This comprehensive strategy is full of clever and creative ways to reduce the City’s waste footprint. We are aiming to lead the way with innovative and practical solutions to reduce, re-use, and recycle,” Cr Asher said.

“The City will transition to a new era of waste and resource recovery management in an effort to minimise the impacts of waste and protect the beautiful natural environment we love so much.”

The strategy sets three overall goals, with a series of targets and planned actions set out under each goal:

  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

Some of the key initiatives in the strategy include:

  • Phasing out single use plastics from City buildings by 2022.
  • Trialling a food organics collection service.
  • Preparing a business case for the development of a food organics processing facility.
  • Partnering with government agencies, other local governments and organisations to explore opportunities for resource recovery and alternative waste technologies.
  • Preparing a business case to establish a best practice facility for bulk transport of residual waste, and
  • Delivering education programs to help the community reduce kerbside bin contamination and increase resource recovery

For a copy of the strategy click here.