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Four bin roll out at Hanging Rock!

Exciting news! We've introduced the four-bin system at Hanging Rock Reserve; and this July mark the first anniversary of shire-wide FOGO service. So far, 21,196 tonnes of organic waste has been diverted from landfill which is equivalent to emissions from power for 12,125 houses in a year.

Four-bin system now at Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock Reserve has joined the rest of the shire in implementing proactive waste management practices by being one of the first reserves of its kind in Victoria to sport a four-bin recycling system.


Pictured above, Mayor Cr Jennifer Anderson, Kerby (bin mascot), members from Council’s Resource Recovery and Hanging Rock teams were present to mark the occasion.


Being a major tourist destination of the shire, the four-bin system will help visitors, residents and staff to separate waste at the source and divert waste from landfill.


Next time you visit, keep a look out for the bins near picnic tables, shelters, playground, restrooms to recycle and sort your waste. There are posters and signage around the reserve to assist you with what goes in each bin.


Keep up the great work! Together we can continue to reduce waste and keep our shire beautiful and sustainable.

Waste A-Z guide →
What we heard about nappies?

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback as part of our nappy survey.


The majority of the respondents agree that cloth nappies have financial, environmental and health benefits.


Out of 130 respondents:

  • 19% already use reusable nappies full time
  • 35% prefer to use a combination of reusable and disposable nappies.

Rebates, educational workshops and nappy washing services were among the top suggestions to encourage reusable nappy use.


We are currently looking at establishing the final initiatives to encourage reusable nappy use in the shire.


If you missed it, a recording of the 'Plastic-free nappies' virtual workshop we hosted as part of the Plastic-free July campaign is now available.

View recording →
Do you need compost?

We are pleased to now offer two delivery sizes of Australian standard FOGO compost within the shire:

  • 3 cubic metres: $146.30 GST included
  • 6 cubic metres: $182.60 GST included

Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent survey about your compost needs.


We received 113 responses, out of which 57 percent shows interest in purchasing compost from Council.


The majority of feedback indicated that people would prefer to purchase compost every three to six months in bulk (trailer load) delivery followed by bags (20kg).     


We are currently looking at establishing options for self-loaded compost in bags and trailers.


More information will be provided soon.


Book your delivery →
Detox your home coming to Macedon Ranges!

Registrations are open for Sustainability Victoria's 'Detox your home' free event at Kyneton Saleyards on 17 September 2022.


This is your chance to safely get rid of everyday household chemicals like weed killer, cleaning products, old cooking oil, cosmetics etc. Places are limited so don’t miss out.

Register now →
Plastic Free July is over - what's next?

Many participants made new habits and have been inspired to continue reducing plastic waste. People have said that it was very rewarding seeing the difference they were making.


Our Mayor Cr Jennifer Anderson took the challenge to reduce single use plastics below 200 grams and logged her final tally at 165 grams. Amazing effort!


If you have missed the Plastic-free July workshops, recordings can be accessed on our website.

View recordings →
Party kits available for hire!

Want to host a more sustainable party for your kids? Choose to refuse disposable party ware by hiring a reusable party kit for $10 from the Riddells Creek, Woodend and Gisborne neighborhood houses.


Each kit consists of mugs, plates, bowls, cutlery sets, placemats, cake stand and are registered with the Party Kit Network.


These kits are sponsored by Council as part of our Plastic Free July 2022 activities.

Book here →
Transfer station fees and charges 2022/23

Changes are:

  • Self-load mulch is free all year round
  • Mulch delivery charges reduced by 40%
  • General Waste disposal prices increased by 20% (due to a rise in EPA Levy and Landfill charges)

No changes to:

  • Free Green Waste drop-off for residents
  • Free E-waste drop-off for residents
  • Free Recycling drop-off for residents
Find out more →
Are your bins contaminated?

Council’s Waste Compliance Officer is out and about on collection days checking bins for contamination and providing feedback to help you sort the bins correctly.


Some of the common mistakes are bagging recycling, food along with plastic packaging in FOGO, nappies in the recycling, non-compostable liners in FOGO, and ceramics in the glass-only bin.


You can purchase certified-compostable FOGO liners from the our customer service offices and transfer stations, available at cost price.

Find out more →
Have you got a damaged bin?

If your bins are damaged, lost or stolen, Council will repair or replace them at no charge. 

Repairs and replacements are usually completed during your next two collection days.

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