Council seeks community views on major waste management changes

Published on 11 January 2021


Baw Baw Shire Council is hosting pop-up consultation sessions across the Shire this month to gain community feedback about the Draft Waste Management Plan 2020-2025.

The first session was held in Rawson on Saturday 9 January and was well-attended by members of the community.

Upcoming sessions

A range of in-person and online sessions will be held throughout January and early February in towns across the Shire. Councillors and staff will be available to answer any questions and collect feedback about the proposed changes in the draft plan.

Monday 11 January 2021

Online session, 7pm
Meeting link.

Thursday 14 January 2021

Drouin Skatepark - 11am to 1pm 

Wednesday 20 January 2021

Longwarry Hall - 4pm to 6pm

Friday 22 January 2021

Online session - 2pm to 3pm
Meeting link 

Saturday 23 January 2021

Yarragon Craft and Produce Market - 8am to 1pm 

Monday 25 January 2021

Thorpdale Bakery - 12pm to 2pm 

Thursday 28 January 2021

Neerim South IGA - 3pm to 5pm 

Friday 29 January 2021

Online session  - 10am
Meeting link 

Thursday 4 February 2021

Online session - 7pm
Meeting link 

About the Draft Waste Management Plan

Council endorsed the draft plan at its meeting on Wednesday 18 December 2020 and encouraged residents to review the changes.

The draft plan reflects the changes outlined in the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria: a new economy policy and 10-year action plan, which was released in February 2020.

The Recycling Victoria policy outlines a range of measures to move towards a circular economy by reducing waste and pollution, improving recycling and creating more jobs. 

The draft WMP identifies how Council can implement the following changes required as part of Recycling Victoria:

  • The provision of food organics and garden organics (FOGO) kerbside collection services by 2030.
  • The provision of a separate recovery systems for glass (currently included in the kerbside commingled recycling service) by 2027.
  • Upgrading kerbside bin lids to ensure they are consistent with colours specified in Recycling Victoria.

The Victorian Government is also introducing a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) in 2022/23.

This will result in community members being able to recycle their bottles and cans at local glass drop-off locations. How the community engage with the CDS service will ultimately influence which service Council decides to introduce.

For more information about the draft Waste Management Plan, please visit the Council website at and provide your feedback before 5 February 2020.

Quotes attributable to Mayor Cr Danny Goss

“We’re visiting towns across Baw Baw Shire this month to find out how the community feels about the major changes identified in the draft plan. We all know that recycling is the way of the future and this plan will help us to do it better, leading to long-term environmental and economic benefits.”

Quotes attributable to Deputy Mayor Cr Michael Leaney

“Thank you to the residents of Rawson and Erica who took the time to talk to us at the weekend. We’re looking forward to hearing first-hand from residents throughout our Shire about how these changes will work for them and how we can improve the way we manage waste and recycling.”

Pictured below: Baw Baw Shire Councillors and staff hosted the first pop-up consultation session for the Draft Waste Management Plan at Rawson over the weekend, which was well attended by members of the community (including a resident koala). Image credit: Cr Michael Leaney



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