Did you know that Monash Council collects around 17,000 tonnes of recycling per year? But did you also know that as a whole, Victorians are sending around 450,000 wheelie bins full of recycling to landfill every week? What a waste!
Waste produced within Monash poses a great challenge for environmental sustainability and the efficient use of resources.
More packaging, shorter product lifespans and increased consumerism combined with a growing population is seeing an increase in waste generated in Monash.
Recycling is one of the easiest things you can do to help the environment, and its benefits are endless. Not only does recycling save space in landfill; it also conserves natural resources, reduces landfill gas emissions and results in savings on landfill waste charges – a direct benefit for our ratepayers.
Currently, the State Government collects a Waste Management Levy from Council, which is around $63 for every ton that goes to landfill. Over the last seven years, Monash has contributed $17 million towards this fund.
Council is committed to achieving good environmental and financial outcomes for its residents.
Recyclables collected from Monash residents go to VISY’s Springvale Material Recovery Facility, for sorting and removal of contamination. Unlike other companies receiving council recyclables around Melbourne, VISY is primarily a manufacturing business.
This means that the majority of material received from Monash residents is manufactured into packaging for sale in Australia. Only contaminated items and those in plastic bags end up in landfill.
Council also continues to work with the State Government through our membership with the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG), to achieve best practice waste and recycling collection.
As part of our commitment towards reducing waste to landfill, Council is looking into introducing kerbside food recycling within a few years, using our existing domestic green waste bins.
This will result in up to 20,000 tonnes of food waste diverted from landfill each year, with the added benefit of improving the nutritional value of the compost produced from processing this organic material.
Find out more about Council’s vision for recycling and waste.