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Are you ready to hit some sustainability goals together in 2021?

Join us this year to continue diverting waste from landfill, reducing greenhouse gas emssions and recovering precious resources through recycling and waste reduction in our local community.


In this edition of waste E-news, celebrate the milestones we have achieved through the introduction of the four-bin system and learn about other initiatives and events happening across the shire.

What did we achieve together in 2020?

Since the launch of the four bin system in February last year, together we have saved 7,868 tonnes of organic waste 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 23,213 tonnes of CO₂ equivalent in greenhouse gas emissions, compared to last year. This would provide enough electricity to power 2,679 houses for one year.


Our new glass-only bins have saved 1,776 tonnes of glass from landfill which has been used in Victorian roads and construction.

We would like to thank each and every resident for their commitment towards recycling, every little action has a huge impact. 

More about the bins →
Would you like to win a modern cloth nappy starter kit?

Did you know on average one child will go through over 6,000 disposable nappies, taking hundreds of years to degrade?


Join Elana from Cloth Nappy Workshops Melbourne to discover the world of modern cloth nappies. Each workshop participant on the day will go in the lucky prize draw to win a modern cloth nappy starter pack valued to $199.00


10.30am-12pm, Saturday 6 February in Woodend.

Bookings essential →
Have you met our bin mascot?

In 2020 we introduced our new bin mascot to the shire. Our bin mascot is the face of our Let’s get sorted waste and recycling campaign. We asked the community to help us name our bin mascot, with the winning name 'Kerby' suggested by Alexander from Romsey.

More about Kerby →
Are you ready to 'step up' this Clean Up Australia Day?

Registrations are open for Australia’s largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day happening Sunday 7 March 2021.

Now is the time for all Australians to Step Up to Clean Up, to help protect and conserve local environments.

Get involved →
New funding to inspire low-waste communities

Funding is available for Victorian community organisations to explore innovative ways to reduce waste and use resources to their full potential.


The Recycling Victoria Communities Fund will provide more than $5.4 million over four years for social enterprises, not for profits and community organisations to collaborate and explore smarter ways of using resources and materials in their local area. 


Funded organisations will receive grants of between $25,000 and $250,000 for projects to increase reuse, repair and share opportunities in their communities, with the goal of minimising litter, illegal dumping and waste to landfill.

Apply online →
Reducing single-use plastic waste in 2021

Did you know each person in Australia uses approximately 130kgs of plastic per year, with the equivalent of one truck load of rubbish ending up in the ocean every minute?


This year the Macedon Ranges Shire Council will be joined by over 1,300 primary and secondary school students to eliminate single-use plastic from their workplaces and schools through the Plastic Oceans Australasia (POA) schools and business programs.

Learn about POA →
Recycling spotlight: X-Rays

Residents can now recycle X-Rays for free at all Council transfer stations.


During your next transfer station visit, look for the wheelie bin marked X-Rays and place your old X-Ray film inside. Ecocycle’s environmentally friendly silver recovery process helps to protect our waterways and environment.

Find a transfer station