Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy
Following community engagement in 2018 and 2019, Golden Plains Shire Council has prepared the Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy to guide the waste is managed in the Shire over the next decade.
Following community engagement in 2018 and 2019, Golden Plains Shire Council has prepared the Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy, which was presented to Council on 23 June 2020. The Draft Strategy is now out for public exhibition and feedback for a period of four weeks from 1 July to 29 July 2020.
The purpose of the Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy is to guide the way waste is managed in the Shire over the next decade (2020 to 2030).
The Draft Strategy covers the following service areas:
- Garbage, recycling and organic waste collections;
- Transfer station;
- Litter and illegal dumping;
- Council waste;
- Closed landfills and rehabilitation;
- Community waste services, (community facilities and events, public bins and street sweeping, emergency events); and
- National and State advocacy.
At the heart of the Draft Strategy is a commitment to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill. This will be achieved through reducing the amount of waste being generated, diverting more materials away from landfill and continuing to improve residents’ understanding of Council’s bin system.
The Draft Strategy has a range of achievable interim targets and goals to be met over the next five years, as well as aspirational goals to work towards by 2030. The actions that are presented in the Strategy have been tailored through the results of the community engagement, analysis of waste data, Victorian Government reforms, and the state of current waste processing infrastructure. The various inputs into the development of the Draft Strategy are summarised below:
In February 2020, the Victorian Government released household recycling reforms titled “Recycling Victoria – A New Economy”. Key components of the policy include introducing a Container Desposit Scheme by 2023 and a consistent state-wide kerbside waste collection system, with all Victorian councils to implement:
- A glass bin or access to glass recycling services by 2027; and
- A food and garden waste organics bin or access to service by 2030.
The implementation of this reform is within the Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy's 2020 to 2030 timeframe and has been considered in its development..
In developing the Draft Strategy, Council undertook two rounds of significant community engagement. A Waste Management Survey was conducted in November 2018 to gain an understanding of how the community currently manages their waste and satisfaction with the current kerbside collection services, including which areas need improvement. Thank you to the 1,209 people who took completed the survey.
Some of the findings included:
- 73% supported reducing the volume of waste going to landfill;
- 68.3% reported a positive level of satisfaction with the garbage service;
- 91.1% reported satisfaction with the kerbside recycling service;
- A majority indicated that no cost increase was preferred to help reduce waste to landfill.
Council undertook further community engagement process during September and October 2019 through the establishment of a community panel and a survey to gain feedback from residents on the five service options. The first option was to keep the current garbage and recycling service; the four remaining options detailed new garden and Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) services, and listed information on the service, including the estimated cost to ratepayers and the potential diversion from landfill achieved with the service. Respondents were asked to mark each option with: Strongly Agree; Agree; Disagree; or Strongly Disagree. Thank you to 723 Golden Plains residents who completed the Future Waste Services survey.
Here's what the 723 respondents told Council:
Although none of the options commanded overwhelming support, the first two options received more than 50% support. Since this survey, the Victorian Government has announced its four bins policy, which will make it mandatory to introduce a food and garden organics bin or access to service by 2030.
How you can be involved
The Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2020-2030 is now out on public exhibition for four weeks from 1 July to 29 July 2020.
Residents are encouraged to view the Draft Strategy and provide feedback online, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (referencing Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy) or by mail to PO Box 111, Bannockburn VIC 3331. Hard copies can be requested by contacting Council's Customer Service team on 5220 7111.
A copy of the Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy can be accessed here.
Submissions will be accepted until 11.59pm, Wednesday 29 July, 2020.
What Happens Next
Submissions on the Draft Strategy will be considered in the development of the final Strategy, which will be presented to Council in August for adoption.
November 2018: Waste Management Survey and Bin Audit
September 2019: Future Waste Collection Services Survey
October 2019: Four Future Waste Collection Service Conversation Posts
June 2020: Council approves Draft Strategy for public exhibition
1 July 2020: Public exhibition and feedback on Draft Strategy begins
29 July 2020: Public exhibition and feedback on Draft Strategy ends
August 2020: Final Strategy developed and presented to Council for adoption
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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.
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