Let’s Talk Rubbish – Waste and Recycling

Council is developing a Waste and Recycling Strategy following a review of waste and recycling services.

Our Council vision is for a greener, bolder, more connected city. Reducing waste and maximising recycling outcomes is not only a vital part of the work we do, but is also very important to our community.


What has happened so far?

Council have reset the vision for waste and recycling in Darebin. The Draft Waste and Recycling Strategy sets out our long term goals and objectives for waste and recycling, with an Action Plan outlining our focus over the next three years.

The Key Objectives of the Draft Strategy are:

  • Address waste in the context of Climate Emergency

  • Value resource productivity

  • Design out waste and pollution

  • Maintain the value of products and materials

  • Innovate new solutions for resource efficiency

  • Create new circular economy jobs

  • Foster behaviour change through education, regulation and engagement

Since the previously adopted Waste and Litter Strategy 2015-2025, there have been significant challenges in the waste and recycling industry. In addition to this, Council have declared a Climate Emergency, which requires us to rethink and adjust our approach to waste and consumption. The Draft Strategy replaces the previously adopted strategy while core objectives such as reducing overall waste to landfill and community education remain a key focus. In the Draft Strategy we have emphasised cutting emissions from waste, advocacy to both State and Federal government and challenging traditional approaches to waste and recycling with innovative solutions.

The Draft Strategy has been developed following a review of council’s waste and recycling services over the last 18 months. The aim of this review was to identify innovative, solution-focused approaches to service delivery and materials processing, and to inform the Draft Strategy so that it:

  • reflects Council’s commitment to taking action on the Climate Emergency;

  • takes into account recent changes in the waste and recycling industry;

  • positions Darebin as a leading council for waste and recycling services;

  • challenges traditional kerbside models and current best practice; and

  • delivers customer service excellence, greater social equity and inclusion, and value for money.

This review included technical and analytical work to examine what the lowest carbon options were as a first principle before considering market, logistical or price factors. The key findings of this piece of work can be found in the “Waste Strategic Direction Options – Summary Report”.


What is happening next?

Stage 1: Between 10 January and 16 February 2020, Council sought feedback from the community on the Draft Waste and Recycling Strategy. Public consultation has now closed.

Community feedback will be reviewed and incorporated into the Draft Waste and Recycling Strategy. The updated Strategy will be presented to Council to be considered for adoption.

Stage 2: Pending Council endorsement of this Strategy, there will be a second stage of consultations in 2020 and 2021 where we will seek feedback on possible changes to a range of services. These consultations will include options for:

  • changing the collection frequency of kerbside food and green waste and garbage to maximise food waste recycling;

  • services to multi-unit developments and businesses;

  • improved hard waste services to maximise recycling outcomes; and

  • equitable and sustainable charging for waste and recycling services.

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Council is developing a Waste and Recycling Strategy following a review of waste and recycling services.

Our Council vision is for a greener, bolder, more connected city. Reducing waste and maximising recycling outcomes is not only a vital part of the work we do, but is also very important to our community.


What has happened so far?

Council have reset the vision for waste and recycling in Darebin. The Draft Waste and Recycling Strategy sets out our long term goals and objectives for waste and recycling, with an Action Plan outlining our focus over the next three years.

The Key Objectives of the Draft Strategy are:

  • Address waste in the context of Climate Emergency

  • Value resource productivity

  • Design out waste and pollution

  • Maintain the value of products and materials

  • Innovate new solutions for resource efficiency

  • Create new circular economy jobs

  • Foster behaviour change through education, regulation and engagement

Since the previously adopted Waste and Litter Strategy 2015-2025, there have been significant challenges in the waste and recycling industry. In addition to this, Council have declared a Climate Emergency, which requires us to rethink and adjust our approach to waste and consumption. The Draft Strategy replaces the previously adopted strategy while core objectives such as reducing overall waste to landfill and community education remain a key focus. In the Draft Strategy we have emphasised cutting emissions from waste, advocacy to both State and Federal government and challenging traditional approaches to waste and recycling with innovative solutions.

The Draft Strategy has been developed following a review of council’s waste and recycling services over the last 18 months. The aim of this review was to identify innovative, solution-focused approaches to service delivery and materials processing, and to inform the Draft Strategy so that it:

  • reflects Council’s commitment to taking action on the Climate Emergency;

  • takes into account recent changes in the waste and recycling industry;

  • positions Darebin as a leading council for waste and recycling services;

  • challenges traditional kerbside models and current best practice; and

  • delivers customer service excellence, greater social equity and inclusion, and value for money.

This review included technical and analytical work to examine what the lowest carbon options were as a first principle before considering market, logistical or price factors. The key findings of this piece of work can be found in the “Waste Strategic Direction Options – Summary Report”.


What is happening next?

Stage 1: Between 10 January and 16 February 2020, Council sought feedback from the community on the Draft Waste and Recycling Strategy. Public consultation has now closed.

Community feedback will be reviewed and incorporated into the Draft Waste and Recycling Strategy. The updated Strategy will be presented to Council to be considered for adoption.

Stage 2: Pending Council endorsement of this Strategy, there will be a second stage of consultations in 2020 and 2021 where we will seek feedback on possible changes to a range of services. These consultations will include options for:

  • changing the collection frequency of kerbside food and green waste and garbage to maximise food waste recycling;

  • services to multi-unit developments and businesses;

  • improved hard waste services to maximise recycling outcomes; and

  • equitable and sustainable charging for waste and recycling services.

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  • Thank you for your thoughts! This feedback process has concluded.

    We would like to hear your views on our Draft Strategy, especially in relation to the Key Objectives which are:

    ·  Address waste in the context of Climate Emergency 

    ·  Value resource productivity

    ·  Design out waste and pollution

    ·  Maintain the value of products and materials

    ·  Innovate new solutions for resource efficiency

    ·  Create new circular economy jobs

    ·  Foster behaviour change through education, regulation and engagement

    Which objectives do you agree are key to

    We would like to hear your views on our Draft Strategy, especially in relation to the Key Objectives which are:

    ·  Address waste in the context of Climate Emergency 

    ·  Value resource productivity

    ·  Design out waste and pollution

    ·  Maintain the value of products and materials

    ·  Innovate new solutions for resource efficiency

    ·  Create new circular economy jobs

    ·  Foster behaviour change through education, regulation and engagement

    Which objectives do you agree are key to the Draft Strategy? Are there any that you would change and why? Are there any missing objectives?

    Share your thoughts