New facility to boost Melbourne’s organic processing capacity
Eliminating single use plastic needs collective action
Action at a national, state and local level is critical to eliminate single use plastics, was the takeaway from the Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum (Forum) held earlier this month. The forthcoming state government plastic bag ban, the work of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation to influence industry, and local action led by councils are all playing a part to make the community less reliant on single use plastics such as bags, straws and packaging.
Residents justify illegal dumping as an act for community good
Funding supports action on local litter issues
MWRRG has been awarded $30,000 to develop a Regional Litter Plan for metropolitan Melbourne. The funding, provided by Sustainability Victoria, will enable us to undertake research and develop a Regional Litter Scorecard, which will include actions to tackle the top litter issues facing metropolitan councils: litter in coastal areas and waterways, illegal dumping, roadway litter, cigarette butts and plastics (including microplastics).
The project is currently in the planning phase, with the final Regional Litter Plan to be delivered later this year.
Vote now to help a community, school or kinder garden win $5000
A solar powered veggie patch, a native ‘bush tucker’ preschool space and an accessible garden for people with a disability are among the nominated projects vying for $5,000 from the Back to Earth Initiative eastern garden competition.
We’ve received nearly 60 entries across Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges councils, and are now calling on the community to vote to decide the winner. Voting is open now and runs until 9 June.
Positive actions shared during International Compost Awareness Week
Message from the Chair
Message from Cr Lina Messina, Chair of the Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum.
New trucks educating community about waste in Boroondara
Get ready to take your e-waste to a better place
Sustainability Victoria has launched a new campaign hub with additional resources for the Take Your E-waste to A Better Place campaign to further support councils ahead of the e-waste to landfill ban on 1 July 2019.
The hub contains resources for councils to use, including posters, brochures, banners and social media collateral. The second phase of the campaign is underway with council and community activations locally, and advertising kicking off later this month. The second phase of the campaign is underway with council and community activations locally, and advertising kicking off later this month.
For any questions about the campaign, please contact Campaign Lead (e-waste) Justin Lichtblau at Justin.Lichtblau@sustainability.vic.gov.au
Entries open for Premier’s Sustainability Awards
Shampoo bottles recycled into artificial limbs
A retired hairdresser from south east Queensland is constructing artificial limbs for children, made from used shampoo bottles collected from local salons.
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Food waste business networking breakfast
To mark World Environment Day on 5 June, we will be hosting a food waste business networking breakfast at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). New ideas, research and pilot projects will be showcased, and participants will have the opportunity to engage with other businesses on current and emerging food waste issues within metropolitan Melbourne. The breakfast will be followed by a back of house tour to see how MCEC are reducing food waste to landfill. For more information please contact Senior Strategic Advisor Gayle Seddon on 8698 9805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerbing illegal dumping forum and investigation training workshops
MWRRG and EPA Victoria are co-hosting a forum, Kerbing illegal dumping - new directions, initiatives and legislative changes on 18 June 2019. The forum will be followed by two one-day workshops (19 or 20 June) for enforcement officers on investigating illegal dumping. For more information please contact Program Coordinator Jess Hand on 8698 9841 or email@example.com
Planning for waste management and recycling in multi-unit developments
Registrations are now open for the training course ‘Planning for waste management and recycling in multi-unit developments’ which was rescheduled to be held on Wednesday 12 June. This Planning Institute of Australia accredited half day course will provide planners with tools and case studies to enhance their capability and motivation to address waste management and recycling in multi-unit, apartment and mixed-use developments. This is the same course provided to council planners in 2018 with positive feedback. Please assist us in the promotion of this event by notifying the statutory planners and waste management planners at your council. Find out more and register here.
‘Buy Recycled’ Forum Tour – 27 June
The next Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum tour will showcase council road and urban infrastructure projects featuring high quality products containing recycled materials. The aim of the tour is to support increased council procurement of these products and to develop markets for recycled materials. For more information please contact Program Co-ordinator Katherine Cocks on 8698 9819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Metropolitan Melbourne council waste strategy database
The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan sets out four strategic objectives which underpin all of MWRRG’s activities: