Metro Fund recognised at Inside Waste Awards
We were excited to have the Metropolitan Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Fund (Metro Fund) recognised at the inaugural Inside Waste Awards last week, winning the Excellence in a Government and Administrative Program category. The Metro Fund was a $5.5 million Victorian Government initiative, administered by MWRRG, that ran from 2011-2017 and assisted councils in metropolitan Melbourne to implement innovative waste collection and management systems. Congratulations to all the nominated organisations and individuals, and thanks to Inside Waste for their commitment to sharing the successes of our industry.
November Forum explores food waste recovery
The final meeting of the Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum for 2018 was held on 15 November, and focused on food waste recovery. MWRRG presented our recently released Introducing a kerbside food and garden organics collection service – A guide for local government, and council perspectives were shared by representatives from the Cities of Darebin, Yarra and Glen Eira. A panel discussion provided an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of experts on implementing kerbside food waste recycling services. Other Forum business included passing motions on the adoption of the Strategies and Policy Advocacy Group (SPAG) and Technical Advisory Reference Group (TARG) Terms of Reference.
Partnership project supports innovation in the vinyl industry
Until recently, there was no viable reprocessing technique or end market for the estimated 5,000 tonnes of vinyl-coated polyester fabric sent to landfill each year in Australia. MWRRG funded part of a pilot commercial and industrial waste partnership project supported by the Vinyl Council of Australia, to investigate the feasibility of recycling this material into roof tiles and produce a preliminary business case for commercialisation.
Research into effective ways of communicating food waste recycling
Independent social research recently commissioned by MWRRG found that 71% of those surveyed believed there needs to be a collective effort to waste less and recycle more, and 64% agree we create too much food waste. The research was undertaken to investigate the most effective ways to communicate and educate residents about food waste recycling, and will be used to help inform councils on the best approach to support the implementation of kerbside food and garden waste collection services.
Forum tour visits innovators reducing food waste in Melbourne’s south east
Thanks to all our hosts, presenters and attendees for such an informative and enjoyable day.
Australian City Partnerships Challenge generates sustainability hub ideas
We were pleased to participate in the Australian City Partnerships Challenge ‘Innovation Sprint’, organised by RMIT University on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 November. Participants from industry, research, government and community organisations collaborated on generating innovative ideas to progress the Inner Metropolitan Sustainability Hub project. We are working with the Inner Metropolitan Partnership to prepare a preliminary business case for a sustainability hub at Fishermans Bend in 2018-19.
Darebin’s food waste recycling trial builds community support
Funding available for councils to implement e-waste education program
Funding can be used for supporting community engagement activities including staging events, displays and printing of campaign collateral.
Applications will be assessed and approval of funding notified within 30 days of receipt of application. For queries and advice, please contact Team Leader Programs, Zandy Powell on 8698 9809 or email Zandy.Powell@mwrrg.vic.gov.au.
EPA releases combustible recyclable and waste materials guideline
Final Fishermans Bend Framework released, incorporating waste and resource recovery goals
The final Fishermans Bend Framework, to guide investment and development of the precinct as it grows over the next 30 years, has been released. One of the eight objectives of the Framework is for Fishermans Bend to be a low waste community. MWRRG has worked closely with the Fishermans Bend Taskforce and councils to develop its waste and resource recovery goals. Key goals include 80% of household waste diverted from landfill, 50% of food waste diverted from landfill, and improved waste and recycling knowledge in the local community. MWRRG will continue to work with partners to finalise the Fishermans Bend Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy in 2019.
We are looking for a Senior Project Officer - Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Planning to provide emergency management planning advice and training to the Victorian Government waste portfolio and local government. The successful applicant will develop contingency plans, scenarios and procedures that provide the waste and resource recovery system with the capacity and resilience to cope with emergencies such as bushfires, landfill closures, business disruption and biosecurity risks. Applications close 5 December.
2019 Victorian Design Challenge to tackle waste
The theme for the 2019 Victorian Design Challenge is waste, asking the question ‘How can design create meaningful change to reduce, recover or eliminate waste?’ The Challenge embraces new thinking and seeks solutions from all design disciplines, multidisciplinary teams, or from anyone who has a good idea.
Yellowstone geyser Ear Spring spews up decades-old garbage in rare eruption
This month’s story was shared by MWRRG Senior Communications Adviser Shelley Markham, and highlights why geysers are not a good place to dump rubbish!
Last month, Ear Spring geyser in Yellowstone National Park in the USA, erupted significantly for the first time in over 60 years. After the eruption, park staff were surprised to find that in addition to rocks and water, Ear Spring had also spewed out cigarette butts, a 1930s baby’s dummy, a grizzly bear warning sign and nearly 100 coins.
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Education Network - Paddock to plate to park tour (6 December)
If you are a member of EdNet and haven’t received an invitation, please contact Programs Coordinator Gayle Seddon on 8698 9805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resource of the Month – FOGO Guide
The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan sets out four strategic objectives which underpin all of MWRRG’s activities: