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Hi there,
Welcome to our first eNewsletter of 2023.

As always, the world of waste and recycling is fast paced and always changing. To support the community in recycling more and reducing less, Council has relaunched its 'Let's Get Sorted' waste education campaign alongside many new and exciting initiatives.


Keep reading to find out what we've been up to and how you can get involved.

Can you believe it's been three years of the four-bin service?

It has been three years since the initial launch of the four-bin service across the shire. Thanks to all of the amazing efforts of each individual sorting their waste, we have achieved a diversion of 74% of waste from landfill, some of the highest in the state.

In our recent survey 'Help us make recycling easier', 79% of respondents were happy that Council has a four-bin system to recycle most of their household waste and reduce their environmental footprint.

42% of respondents in the survey said they want to sort waste correctly but get confused.


A letter and handy brochure to put on the fridge and help you sort your waste is currently being delivered to all households. Over the next few months you'll also see lots of handy hints and information shared through the state-wide 'Small acts, big impacts' campaign.

To update your recycling knowledge and find the most up-to-date information, visit our website or download the MRSC waste app on your smartphone.

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Clean Up Australia Day 2023

As part of local Clean Up Australia Day events, in a one-hour blitz, a team of dedicated Council staff collected more than 2,000 pieces of litter!

The top five items collected included soft plastics, aluminium cans, cable ties, takeaway coffee cups and plastic bottles.

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who picked up litter to help keep Macedon Ranges beautiful! It's not too late to get involved, don't wait till next year - you can Clean Up Australia any day of the year!

Visit Clean Up Australia to find out how you can get involved.


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TetraPaks are back!

Exciting news – TetraPaks, UHT long-life milk and juice cartons are now accepted again in your recycling bin!


After not being able to be recycled in Australia for numerous years, Council’s recycling processor is now accepting long-life cartons.


The containers are sent to a specialist recycler in NSW to be turned into innovative new products by saveBOARD, a sustainable building material company that makes plasterboard, cladding and acoustic panels.


Keep up-to-date with what does and doesn't belong in your recycling bin by visiting our website or downloading the MRSC waste app.

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Under two weeks left to enter our art competition!

Early learning and school-aged children can enter our single-use plastics art competition for the chance to have their artwork displayed at the Discovery Centre at Hanging Rock!

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Single-use plastics ban is in effect

The Victorian Government's single-use plastics ban came into effect on 1 February 2023. Council is committed to phasing out single-use plastics. Visit our website to find out what action Council is taking towards single-use plastics.

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Curious about reusable nappies?

Whether it is for cost savings, environmental impact by reducing waste, or the health benefits for your child, join us for our modern cloth nappy workshops in 2023. Each participant will receive a $20 gift voucher to use on nappies, and go in the lucky prize draw to win a $200 nappy starter pack!


Also, watch this space for our reusable nappy rebate pilot program, launching soon!

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Wanting to take more action against climate change?

An impactful and effective response to climate change needs collective action. As such, we're excited to have launched 'Cool-ER Changes', a project that will create the shire's first collaboratively-designed Climate Emergency Response Plan. We want to hear from you! Join us for one (or all) of our upcoming themed workshops running April to June.

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Recycling tip: Make the most out of FOGO !

Your FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) bin is for more than just garden clippings. All food scraps and garden clippings can go into your green bin. Your small acts have a huge impact on Victoria’s sustainable future.


FOGO works well alongside compost bins, worm farms and other home management practices; and allows you to compost items such as certified compostable packaging, noxious weeds and more!

More on FOGO →
Public holidays and bin collections

There are no changes to collections this Easter season. Please put your bins out as usual on your collection day. Remember you can download the MRSC waste app from the app store on your smart phone and set reminders for bin day.

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