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Hi there,
What do soft plastics, textiles and polystyrene have in common?

Answer: our resource recovery facilities! All of the above items can be recycled at these facilities for free.


Council is committed to helping residents recycle as much as possible. We're always on the lookout for new recycling initiatives that we can get started in the shire. Have you heard of something new and innovative? Let us know!


In this eNews, catch up on all of the exciting things that have been happening in the world of waste reduction and recycling. 

Recycle your textiles, polystyrene and soft plastics


Did you know, Australians send 200,000 tonnes of clothing to landfill each year? We’re excited to announce that we now accept textiles at our resource recovery facilities (RRFs).


We’ve partnered with Upcycle4Better to offer residents and community organisations a sustainable recycling solution for their damaged clothes, shoes, linen and so much more.


This free service is only for damaged or well-used textiles, all other items in good condition should be donated to your nearest op shop. When placing items into the chute ensure they are dry and loose (not bagged). 



You can now recycle clean, white expanded polystyrene for free at our RRFs as part of a new trial service. Please make sure it isn't covered in dirt, soil, tape, labels, plastic, ink, etc. The polystyrene will be recycled and transformed into items such as picture frames, skirting boards, decking and other household products.


Soft plastics

An audit of kerbside general waste bins (red or dark green lid bin) showed that up to 70% of the general waste bin was taken up by soft plastics. Did you know that you can take certain soft plastics to your nearest RRF for free?

Find out more →
Say 'Hello' to our RRFs!

We would like to formally introduce you to our resource recovery facilities!


Formerly known as 'transfer stations' or ‘tips’, our RRFs allow residents to sort their waste into recyclable and non-recyclable streams.


You may have noticed that our Waste App and website have moved across to the new name already. 


More information →
Soft plastics recycling trial

In November 2022 we launched a soft plastics recycling trial in Romsey.


Residents were provided bags to put their soft plastics into and when full, place in their recycling bin. The trial saw two tonnes of plastic collected and processed.


We're currently looking into expanding this service to the whole shire. Watch this space!

Find out more →
Wash Against Waste

The Wash Against Waste trailer is busier than ever! The trailer provides reusable cutlery and crockery to events, and volunteers use an industrial quality dishwasher to clean dishes. They've attended 30 events and used the washing machine over 200 times (that's around 8,000 single-use cups and plates saved from landfill)!

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Single-use plastics policy

Council acknowledges that single-use plastics is a major environmental litter source. Plastic does not decompose which negatively impacts our environment and public health permanently. We aim to reduce waste to landfill by eliminating single-use plastics from Council operations.

Read the policy →
Hanging Rock Art Exhibition

Plan a trip to the Hanging Rock Discovery Centre to see our 'Impacts of Single-use Plastics' art exhibition, which features artwork from the Single-use Plastics Art Competition.

Plan your trip →
Residents kicking goals

Macedon Ranges residents, you are FOGO bin superstars! Each month our FOGO materials are audited and checked for contaminants and in the month of June, our average contamination was 0.276 per cent. Congratulations!

Learn more →
Time to get your hands dirty

Spring has sprung and although it has been a rainy, windy start to the season, Spring is a great time to get out into the garden. Visit your local RRF to get your hands on some free self-load mulch.

Mulch this way →
Public holidays and bin collections

There are no changes to collections over the Grand Final weekend. 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.

More about bin day →