Don't Waste It!

What is happening?

The next ten years will bring rapid population growth to the City of Port Phillip and significant changes to the waste industry. Council is committed to meeting these challenges to reduce the impacts of waste on our community and the environment we enjoy.

Our draft Waste Management Strategy – Don’t Waste It! – is a blueprint for how Council and the community can work together to achieve a sustainable reduction in waste and manage what is left over in the most sustainable way.

It is a long-term vision setting out new targets and strategies for the next four years (2018-2022), and more ambitious goals for the longer term (2022-2028).

Council can’t do this alone! We need to work with our residents, businesses and visitors to be strategic in what we buy and how we reuse and recycle it. Share you views in the survey on waste reduction and management in our community before 30 July 2018.

What is happening?

The next ten years will bring rapid population growth to the City of Port Phillip and significant changes to the waste industry. Council is committed to meeting these challenges to reduce the impacts of waste on our community and the environment we enjoy.

Our draft Waste Management Strategy – Don’t Waste It! – is a blueprint for how Council and the community can work together to achieve a sustainable reduction in waste and manage what is left over in the most sustainable way.

It is a long-term vision setting out new targets and strategies for the next four years (2018-2022), and more ambitious goals for the longer term (2022-2028).

Council can’t do this alone! We need to work with our residents, businesses and visitors to be strategic in what we buy and how we reuse and recycle it. Share you views in the survey on waste reduction and management in our community before 30 July 2018.

Survey

Over the next ten years there will be significant population growth and changes to the waste industry. This Don’t Waste It strategy provides the blueprint for how Council and the community will work together to manage waste and create a more sustainable future for Port Phillip. 

The way we manage waste today will not serve us well into the future. This strategy responds to both the challenges and opportunities presented by our rapidly growing City and the significant changes taking place in the waste industry.

Managing the now: this strategy sets clear priorities and targets for the first four years – 2018 to 2022. These priorities will be supported by a set of actions with committed funding. We also have defined measures so that we can keep track of how we are achieving our targets.

Creating the new: identifying more ambitious potential targets for the longer term, 2022 to 2028, are also part of this strategy. We will investigate, plan and inform ourselves better on the right waste treatment solution for our City in order to create better ways of managing waste in the future.


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Priorities of the draft Strategy

The draft Strategy has four main priorities:

  • A City that reduces waste
  • A City the maximises reuse and recycling
  • A City with clean streets, public spaces and foreshore areas
  • A City that uses new technology to process waste better and reduce environmental impacts

Do you support these four main priorities of the draft Strategy?
How important are the four main priorities to you?
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A City that reduces waste
A City that maximises reuse and recycling
A City with clean streets, public spaces and foreshore areas
A City that uses new technology to process waste better and reduce environmental impacts

Major targets of the draft Strategy

The draft Strategy has four major targets:

  • Increase the current household and council office recycling rate to 43% by 2022, and to 80% by 2028
  • Maintain above 90% community satisfaction levels for waste services
  • 50% food waste diverted from landfill from households and council buildings
  • 100% kerbside waste treated to get more value out of our waste prior to landfill

Do these major targets match your expectations?

Recycling

The recycling industry is experiencing massive change, and we will no longer be able send our recyclables to China. We need to act now. Council intends on working with the community over the next four years to maximise our reuse and recycling. To implement the draft Strategy, Council will be delivering community education campaigns. We want to know what topics you would find most beneficial.

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Minimising waste

Annually, each household produces the equivalent of 6 baby elephants (552 kg) of waste per household annually. This is 14% more than the Metro Melbourne average. We need to act now. Council intends on working with the community over the next four years to minimise our waste. Our municipality has a 33% household recycling rate and creates more waste that the Metro Melbourne average per household.

Are you surprised by these statistics?
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Collaborating with other Councils

Based on feedback from the Integrated Council Plan 2017-27, we are now actively collaborating with other Councils to achieve more efficient outcomes for the community.

Do you support this approach?

New advanced technologies

The way we manage waste today will not serve us well into the future. We are prepared to invest in new advanced technologies to address our City's needs holistically, and deliver the draft Strategy. This means creating cost effective solutions everyone can use. Council will research and evaluate new treatment options that can help us achieve our targets. This includes actions within the next four years and long term goals of investigating advanced waste treatment solutions.

Do you agree with our suggested staged approach?