Community expectations and state legislation are driving council towards a zero waste future.
Communities are becoming more reluctant to accept landfills in their neighbourhoods and are more active in their opposition.
This comes at the same time as massive population growth in the South East of Melbourne is increasing the total waste stream (despite decreasing waste per household). Consequently, landfill costs are rising.
Recognising the future problem of decreasing space for landfill and increasing waste, state legislation is aiming for zero waste. This acknowledges technical advances in recycling technology as well as the industry push towards resource efficiency as a response to community expectations.
Plastic Use Policy
On 9 December 2019, Council adopted the Plastic Use Policy.
This policy demonstrates Councils commitment to eliminating single use plastics and plastic pollution. Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are typically used only once, before they are thrown away or recycled.
These items include:
- Plastic bags
- Plastic straws
- Coffee stirrers
- Soda and water bottles
- Plastic cups
- Balloons and unnecessary soft plastic packaging such as that used for food
This policy applies to Council operations (including staff, contractors, or other representatives) as well as those planning, organising, running, and/or approving festivals, events and applicable activities on any land or building owned and managed by Council.
The policy includes, but is not limited to:
- All civic, commercial or community festivals
- Community forums
- Information sessions
- Training events
- Organised/formal sport or recreation events
- Any other applicable activities on any land or building owned and managed by Council
For further information on the policy please email firstname.lastname@example.org.