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Unsure how to tame your waste over the holiday period?

We can end up with a lot of waste over the holiday season. From gift wrapping to food packaging, sometimes it can be difficult to manage.


In this eNews, catch up on some of the cool things we've been doing recently and learn about how to reduce your waste over the holidays.


We're committed to diverting as much waste from landfill as possible. If you've heard of any innovative recycling solutions that we're not currently offering, let us know!

Christmas bin collections

A reminder that Christmas bin collections will be delayed by one day this year. 


If your normal bin collection day is Monday (Christmas Day - 25 December), your bin will be collected on Tuesday 26 December. 


If your normal collection day falls between Tuesday 26 December and Friday 29 December, please put your bin out as usual and leave it out until collected (this will likely be delayed by one day including a Saturday collection). 


Collections will not be affected on all other public holidays and will resume as normal from Monday 1 January 2024. 

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Rural Lancefield bin collection changes

From the first week of February, properties south of Three Chain Road and select properties north of Three Chain Road (including Institute Road, Wisemans Lane, Dohertys Road, Egans Lane, Forest Road, McKinley Track and Croziers Road) will be moving from the collection area 2B to the collection area 1A.


These rural Lancefield properties will now have their bins collected on a Thursday in line with the regular Lancefield township collection. 


Affected properties will receive a letter detailing the change. 


This change is expected to improve bin collection service efficiency and reduce the total number of collection vehicles active on any single day. This adjustment is anticipated to decrease the weekly travel distance of waste collection trucks by 2000 kilometres.

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Mulch and compost

If you're looking to spruce up your garden over the summer, free self-loaded mulch is available at all resource recovery facilities. 


If you're looking for a bit more than a trailer load, six or 10 cubic metre-loads of mulch can be ordered at any resource recovery facility. 


Mulch delivery orders made after 19 December may not be delivered until the second week of January. 

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Soft plastic trial extended

We are pleased to announce that the Romsey soft plastic recycling trial has been extended to June 2024.


The trial is being continued until a nationwide program is implemented by the Australian Food and Grocery Council.


From January 25 2024, 24-pack bags can be purchased from all Council customer service centres for $4.80 (roughly 19 cents per bag). The bags are made from 100 per cent recycled plastic.

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Resale shop reopening

The Kyneton resale shop is reopening! Before Christmas this year, we hope to have the Kyneton resale shop up and running. The upgraded Kyneton resale shop, located at the Kyneton Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) will feature new flooring, shelving and storage spaces. These upgrades will help effectively manage the materials that come into the shop as well as ensuring that materials can be stored safely and are easily accessible.


A resale shop will also be built and developed at the Romsey RRF. 

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RRF opening days over holiday period

All three resource recovery facilities will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The RRFs will open as usual around these days. 

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Taming waste over the holidays

It’s that time of the year again! The holiday season is upon us, and we’d like to remind you of the recycling options available in the shire. Remember to:

  • flatten cardboard boxes before putting them in the recycling bin
  • scrunch up foil into a small ball before putting it in the recycling bin
  • take the lids off glass bottles and jars before putting them in your glass bin.

Excess cardboard, polystyrene, e-waste and textiles can be recycled at your local resource recovery facility for free. 


Other waste reduction tips:

  • When giving gifts, consider using reusable wrapping paper to reduce waste.
  • Plan your meals and only buy what you need. If you have leftovers, consider freezing them to reduce your food waste.
  • Consider purchasing gifts from local businesses to support the local economy.
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