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Are you ready to join millions of others this Plastic Free July?

There is lots happening in the world of waste and recycling. This July, FOGO goes shirewide, you are invited to join Council and millions of others worldwide for the Plastic Free July Challenge or come along to meet the team and win some compost at a local Farmers Market. 


We know our community is passionate about recycling and minimising waste which is why our new MRSC waste app might be your new favourite app!

#1 Reducing plastic waste is trending in 2021!

Single-use plastics are certainly in the spotlight in 2021, with a number of Australian state governments announcing bans, and the release of the Federal National Plastics Plan.

As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce plastic waste and protect our environment, Macedon Ranges Shire Council is taking the Plastic Free July challenge to help our community to avoid some single-use plastics.

It’s not about being perfect or doing everything. Just taking small, practical steps towards reducing plastic can be so rewarding.

For those just starting out, participants often begin by choosing to refuse the ‘Top 4’:

  • Straws,
  • take-away coffee cups,
  • plastic shopping and produce bags, and
  • plastic water bottles.

Many cafes, restaurants and grocery stores are starting to accept reusables again, and if they’re not people can still make a difference by choosing to: refuse the lid, disposable cutlery, napkins, and single-serve sauce sachets with takeaway meals. It all adds up!

For participants wanting to build up a supply of reusables to take with them, we always encourage people to use what they have, choose second hand, and support local businesses. Others prefer to purchase reusable items online.


In which case, consider heading to the Plastic Free July website to browse products listed there. And don’t forget to put these reusable items into your bag or car so that you always have them readily available!

There can be a real sense of satisfaction in making positive change for the environment. And the more often people do it, the more likely it will become a habit.
Join millions of people worldwide taking the Plastic Free July challenge this year. 

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FOGO goes shire wide this July!

From July 1 2021 Council will expand the FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) service shire-wide to all remaining households. Since the launch of FOGO in February 2020, over 9,257 tonnes of organic material has been saved from landfill which has been turned into nutrient-rich compost used on farms, parks and gardens across the state.

This has resulted in a reduction of 27,214 tonnes of CO₂ equivalent in greenhouse gas emissions, compared to last year. This would provide enough electricity to power 3,140 houses for one year.
The introduction of FOGO is a vital step in providing a responsible and sustainable service for all residents.

More about FOGO →
Helping local gardens grow

To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week in May, we offered free compost deliveries to schools and early learning centres across the shire.


The compost is made from materials collected from FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) bins, closing the loop and keeping things local.


Five lucky residents who entered our Compost Week Competition will also received deliveries of compost to nourish their gardens.

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Are soft plastics filling up your bin?

A recent audit of kerbside general waste bins showed that on average 70% of the volume was taken up by soft plastics.


Council is working hard to find a solution to assist the community in reducing their waste and enabling residents to recycle more. Keep tuned for updates. In the mean time, residents can recycle household quantiies of soft plastics via some local supermarkets.

Drop off locations →
Have you heard about the new MRSC Waste App?

Do you get confused some weeks with which bin to put out? Council is launching a new app which will replace the current Loddon Mallee Waste Info app, which is set to expire on 1 July. Existing users of the Loddon Mallee Waste Info app will need to download the new app, as the old one will not be updated from 1 July.

Residents are encouraged to use the new MRSC Waste App to easily find their collection day, access in depth information about what goes in which bin, and to receive collection day reminders.

More information →
Have questions? Come and meet the team!

During the month of July our Resource Recovery Team will be attending all five community farmers markets across the Shire. The team will be there to answer residents questions, share tips and tricks to help you through this Plastic Free July and talking all things closed loop with FOGO.

Join us for your chance to win a compost delivery for your garden.

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Recycling spotlight: Batteries

Did you know batteries don't belong in any bin? Batteries are considered elecronic waste, they contain hazardous materials and must be disposed of responsibly.


Batteries can be reycled for free at many locations aross the shire, including all Customer Service Centres, Transfer Station and some neighbourhood houses.