Brimbank City Council has a new Waste, Recycling and Litter Strategy to lead it towards creating a cleaner, greener and more sustainable environment for Brimbank into the future.
The new strategy outlines the key drivers that influence waste management processes and services in Victoria, and analyses Council’s current waste management systems, policies, educational programs and monitoring processes.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said Council is thrilled that the Waste, Recycling and Litter Strategy 2018-2028 was adopted at this week’s Ordinary Council Meeting, following a period of community consultation.
“It’s very timely, as managing waste and methods of recycling is a subject of increasing interest and one that our community cares about strongly.
“What we heard, loud and clear is that the community does not like waste going to landfill, and a high priority for Brimbank is to increase recycling services and programs.
“Council echoes this sentiment and is serious about reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
“Managing waste effectively is a big ticket item and we see this not only as a local priority, but a priority for metropolitan Melbourne too.
“We’re sick and tired of the State Government’s continued reliance on landfill as a solution to Melbourne’s waste needs and we need to get clever about sustainable waste and resource recovery technologies.
“It’s time to collectively explore new ways of recovering resources and find better ways to manage waste.
“This comes at a cost, and significant investment in landfill alternatives and improved recycling services and programs is urgently needed,” the Mayor said.
The new strategy is focused on educating the community on waste reduction. It also identifies illegal dumping of rubbish and litter as a significant issue and cost to Brimbank.
Development of the strategy is the result of the combined efforts of Council’s Waste Management Strategy Development Steering Committee, industry representatives and the community working together to bring about change.
“It reinforces Council’s commitment to helping our community to live and work in an environmentally sustainable manner, and we’re now looking forward to implementing the strategy,” Cr Giudice said.
A copy of the Waste, Recycling and Litter Strategy is available by contacting Council on 9249 4000 or visiting brimbank.vic.gov.au