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Have Your Say on The Future of Waste

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Thank you to 723 Golden Plains residents who completed the Future Waste Services survey, as part of Council's Waste Management Strategy 2020-2030.



As the population of Golden Plain Shire increases, so does the amount of waste generated in our municipality. It’s in everyone’s interests to make sure we have reliable, cost-effective and sustainable waste management in Golden Plains – and that means reducing the waste we put in the ground.

The war on waste is a headlining news story and many Australians are taking important measures in their everyday lives to make a positive difference on this serious environmental issue, like taking green bags to the supermarket, bringing a keep cup for coffee or switching to paper straws. We understand and appreciate that solving the problem begins at home – and that what we do in our own backyard matters.

Our neighbouring municipalities have garden and food waste services and we want to give Golden Plains Shire residents the same opportunity to consider if they support these options for our future waste management.

Council has done the research and painted a clear picture of four new waste collection services for our Shire and now, most importantly, we need to know what the community wants. Waste management is one of the core services of Council and we appreciate that people have strong views on the subject, your opinion counts.

Did you know? 

The state average diversion rate is 45%. 

In Golden Plains Shire, our diversion rate is 38%. As the population of Golden Plain Shire increases, so does the amount of waste generated locally. In Council’s waste
survey last year, more than 73% of respondents agreed with the strategic direction in the current Council Plan to further reduce the volume of waste going to landfill, so there are some exciting future options for consideration.

Did you know?

Garden and food waste makes up 48% of material in local garbage bins.

Why is there a Bannockburn only option?  

Many rural residents on larger properties have their own solutions for garden and food waste including compost and burning off, however in the bins of sewered properties in Bannockburn, 27% of the material is garden waste and 21% food waste. Running one or both of these collections in the Shire’s largest town alone would
be cost effective and divert a significant amount of waste to landfill.

Fast Facts on Waste in Golden Plains Shire

In October 2018, more than 1,200 residents shared their thoughts and ideas on Council’s Waste Management Survey. This community feedback informed the development of the Draft Consultation Paper which featured the four new waste options.

Feedback from last year’s waste survey:

  • 73% of survey respondents supported Council’s strategic plan to reduce waste to landfill
  • 68% of survey respondents said they have a positive level of satisfaction with Council’s garbage collection service.

In late 2018, an audit of the contents of household garbage bins in Golden Plains Shire showed that:

  • Both the urban and rural garbage bins had a similar volume of organic (food and garden) waste at 48%.
  • The urban garbage bins have a much higher proportion of garden waste with 27.4% than rural bins with 8%.
  • One-fifth of material in the garbage bins was recyclable.

So, we want to know what you think? Do you want a garden waste or a Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) waste collection service on Golden Plains Shire? Your opinion matters and we want to hear your feedback.

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Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

Thank you to 723 Golden Plains residents who completed the Future Waste Services survey, as part of Council's Waste Management Strategy 2020-2030.

In addition to the online and paper survey, Council held four waste conversation posts in Meredith, Rokewood, Bannockburn and Smythesdale; and also hosted a dedicated focus group with 14 community members from across the Shire.

All the feedback and results of the survey will be presented to Council for consideration at a future meeting.

As two survey options applied to a service only for Bannockburn residents who live on sewered properties, the survey asked respondents to mark if they matched this description:

  • 45% of respondents were Bannockburn residents on sewered properties

Five future waste options were presented for comment. 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.

Here's what the 723 respondents told Council:

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How you can be involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

Attend a Conversation Post

Meredith Corner Store, 17 Wallace Street, Meredith

9am to 12pm, Saturday 21 September 

Golden Plains Farmers Market, 22 Byrson Street, Bannockburn

8.30am to 12.30pm, Saturday 5 October

Rokewood Transfer Station, 141 Meadows Road, Rokewood

11am to 2pm, Saturday 13 October

Symthesdale Country Market, Smythesdale

9am to 1pm, Saturday 19 October 


Pick up a copy of the Draft Consultation Paper at Council Customer Service Centre: 2 Pope Street Bannockburn, 68 Sussex Street, Linton, at The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale.

October Gazette  Look out in the mail for the October issue which has your hard copy survey inside.

Contact Information

Customer Service
Customer Service Officer
5220 7111
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Last Updated: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Project Status: 
Past Project
Thank you to 723 Golden Plains residents who completed the Future Waste Services survey, as part of Council's Waste Management Strategy 2020-2030.

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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.