Funding to transform waste and recycling behaviours

Household waste and recycling behaviour change will be the focus of a new local campaign, with Alpine Shire Council receiving $56,000 from the Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Fund.

13 September 2021

Through the Recycling Victoria Circular Economy policy released in 2020, the Victorian Government requires that all households across the state have access to a four stream waste and recycling system by 2030.

In the Alpine Shire that will involve the introduction of two new services – a Food Organics and Garden Organics(FOGO) service and a Glass Recycling service – provided through a combination of kerbside collection and drop-off points.

Alpine Shire Mayor John Forsyth welcomed the Recycling Victoria funding as an important step towards connecting with communities and visitors to ensure the services are supported when they launch.

“This  funding will help us to introduce the new household recycling services across the municipality and ensure we have the resources to engage with, educate and respond to community members and visitors to ensure those services are a success,” he said.

“Council is currently working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to determine funding support for the introduction of the FOGO and Glass Recycling services.

“This is a significant project that must strike a balance between three key factors - cost effectiveness for Council and the community, resident and visitor acceptance and environmental need.”

Council is working towards implementing a FOGO service across the Alpine Shire next financial year, which is well in advance of the 2030 timeframe set by the Victorian Government.

Council was recently awarded $30,000 through the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria Councils Fund for Improving Event and Visitor Waste Management in North East Victoria, in collaboration with nine other North East Victorian councils and Alpine Resort Management Boards.  

Cr Forsyth said Council is proud to support Victoria’s transition to a circular economy by fostering local and regional waste solutions that encourage re-use, repair, sharing and correct recycling of everyday items.

“Event and visitor waste has been identified as a significant problem in North East Victorian councils and Alpine Resort Management Boards,” he said.

“We are pleased to be supported by Sustainability Victoria though this fund to undertake research into waste management across 10 north east municipalities.”

Research will involve qualitative methods of desktop research, field observations and stakeholder engagement to investigate how Councils and Alpine Resorts can reduce landfill generated from tourism and events, increase diversion to recycling and organics and reduce contamination.

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