The previous Waste Management Plan (WMP) was for the period of 2010-2020 and will expire at the end of 2020. To ensure Council has direction and a strategic plan in place, a review of the previous WMP was completed to inform the new five-year plan for 2020-2025.
The revised draft WMP 2020-25 provides the community with information on Council’s waste policies and plans, as well as regional, State and Federal policies, plans and regulation. The draft WMP also provides an overview of Council’s current, waste and recycling services, waste and recycling infrastructure, waste and resources generated, community engagement, and Council performance. Additionally, the draft WMP explores challenges and opportunities for the municipality including, waste avoidance and minimisation, community development, collection and recovery, waste and recycling trends, funding opportunities, performance and monitoring, and assessment of options.
Most importantly, the WMP needs to detail and adequately plan for the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria: a new economy, circular economy policy that was released in February 2020, along with a 10-year action plan to improve state-wide recycling infrastructure and services.
Recycling Victoria outlines the following changes to waste services that Council must fulfil. These include:
- Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO): The provision to introduce food organics into the kerbside garden organics (green waste) bin service by 2030.
- Glass Separation: The provision to introduce a separate recovery system for glass to remove glass from commingled recycling bins by 2027.
- Bin Lid Colours: Upgrading kerbside bin lids to ensure they are consistent with colours specified by the Victorian Government.