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Sustainability and Waste

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.

How to reduce your waste

What happens to your waste

Reporting littering

Reporting illegal rubbish dumping

Waste and recycling services

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
  • Events
  • Meetings
  • Community forums
  • Information sessions
  • Workshops
  • Training events
  • Programs
  • Organised/formal sport or recreation events
  • Any other applicable activities on any land or building owned and managed by Council

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For further information on the policy please email

Small Acts Big Impact campaign

Even the smallest acts can make a big impact when it comes to creating a more sustainable future.

Whether it’s remembering your reusables, planning weekday dinners, checking what can go into each of your bins or taking used batteries to a drop-off point for recycling – there are many simple things you can do to help reduce waste and recycle more.

By choosing to take action today you will be part of Victoria’s sustainable future.

Discover some of the small yet powerful actions you can take and find out how these small acts can make a big impact on our environment.

To find out more about the campaign and to choose your small act, visit Sustainability Victoria