Announcement from the CEO
I will be leaving at the end of August so I will be self indulgent and leave my thoughts on this fantastic sector and magnificent organisation to the August edition of the MWRRG newsletter.
Supporting councils to respond to SKM’s temporary closure
MWRRG has been supporting councils to respond to the temporary closure of major recycling facilities operated by SKM Services. SKM has contracts with 33 councils across Victoria. During July, SKM and associated glass recycling facility, GRS, have been subject to Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) actions to cease accepting material.
Back to Earth Initiative competition winner announced
Councils supported to drive community behaviour change
With the support of Sustainability Victoria, we recently held three workshops on developing targeted behaviour change programs to our Local Government Waste Education Network.
Buy Recycled Forum tour showcases recycled content procurement
Business networking breakfast shares food waste solutions
MWRRG to sponsor Premier’s Sustainability Awards
MWRRG is sponsoring the government category at this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards. The government category recognises leadership and excellence by government in the delivery of policies or initiatives that contribute to sustainability.
We are proud to sponsor an award category that showcases the important role local councils play in delivering a more sustainable future – particularly in waste and resource recovery.
The Premier’s Sustainability Awards are the most prestigious sustainability event in the state. The awards recognise and celebrate individuals, community organisations, governments and businesses who are leading the way in sustainable innovation and practices across all sectors.
Veolia open day demonstrates closing the loop with compost
E-waste pop-ups educate diverse community in Greater Dandenong
E-waste to landfill ban commences – compliance and campaign update
The Victorian e-waste to landfill ban Waste Management Policy (e-waste) came into force on 1 July 2019. The new policy bans the disposal of e-waste to landfill and is supported by an awareness and behaviour change campaign.
Have your say on shifting Victoria to a circular economy
The Victorian Government is developing a circular economy policy for Victoria and has released an issues paper for public consultation. The implementation of a circular economy policy will support Victoria to transition from the traditional linear model of consumption to a circular model that maximises the reuse of materials and reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfill. Shifting to a more circular economy will help make Victoria’s recycling system more resilient and sustainable, grow the economy, increase jobs and reduce impacts on the environment. We strongly encourage you to read the issues paper and have your say on this important topic.
The circular economy policy issues paper is open for consultation until 2 August 2019 at engage.vic.gov.au/circulareconomy
German company turns coffee grounds into (recyclable) reusable cups
A Berlin-based start-up is recycling one waste stream – coffee grounds, to tackle another one – disposable coffee cups.
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Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum – Recovering organics
The next Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum meeting will be held on 8 August and will explore policies and practices that improve the recovery and reprocessing of organic waste. Representatives from state and local government and the organics processing industry will share their perspectives in an interactive Q&A session. Forum members have received an invitation to this event. For more information please contact Stakeholder Engagement Adviser Stan Vermeeren on 9698 9829 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monash presents Craig Reucassel and ‘The War on E-waste’
Join Monash Council and Monash University at ‘The War on E-waste’, a free community event to help residents understand more about e-waste and how to recycle it. The event, on Wednesday 21 August, will feature Craig Reucassel from ABC’s War on Waste, and include a Q&A session, so you can ask questions of Craig, council and Monash University staff. Doors open at 6pm, and bring an armful of your e-waste to drop off for free. All e-waste will be recycled. Find out more and book here.
2019 Victorian Waste Education Conference
Tickets are now available for the 2019 Victorian Waste Education Conference, to be held in Geelong from 15-16 October. ‘Reinventing Waste Education: Turning challenges into opportunities’ aims to inspire and support Victoria’s waste educators across two days of thoughtful, innovative, interactive and strategic discussion on ways to engage communities on waste. Find out more and purchase tickets here.
Bin Standardisation Guide
The guide presents the case for change, and describes key issues, challenges and opportunities for councils when standardising bins. It also provides tools for councils to plan and implement bin standardisation.
The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan sets out four strategic objectives which underpin all of MWRRG’s activities: