Our Waste Future

Help shape our waste future 

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is reviewing our Waste Strategy ahead of schedule to ensure it reflects industry changes and best supports our community, operations and environment.

We’re developing a new Strategy in partnership with the community, bringing together your ideas, from everyday actions to innovation, on all things resource recovery and recycling.

Thanks to everyone who attended our community meeting or gave feedback online earlier this year. We received some great ideas towards our plan for the future.

Before our draft Strategy comes back to Council and the community for review, we’re inviting further community feedback on our services to better understand how they might be improved.

Your feedback will offer Council a clear direction for key services and inform our Strategy for the next five years.


Between Wednesday 18 September and Sunday 29 September, Mornington Peninsula households may receive a call from an independent market research agency, i-view who have been commissioned to conduct a phone survey on behalf of Council. 

You can also provide feedback online by taking the survey.

We appreciate you taking the time to assist us with your valuable feedback.

Please be assured your details and individual responses are confidential.

Previous updates

We're reviewing the way we manage waste to ensure it reflects industry changes and best supports our community, operations and environment.

We're developing a new waste strategy in partnership with the community, bringing together your ideas, from everyday actions to innovation, on all things waste and recycling.   

Councillors and community will be getting together for a 'think tank' discussion, guiding the direction of our new strategy. 

A Forward Planning Committee Meeting was held on Wednesday 24 April 2019.  

Read the Our Waste Future White Paper(PDF, 321KB) for more information about the Forward Planning Committee Meeting. 

Read our current waste strategy.(PDF, 2MB)    

State of Rubbish in Victoria

By 2051, metropolitan Melbourne is projected to grow from 4.4 million people to 7.8 million people. Our waste destined for landfill will too grow from 4.2 million tonnes in 2015/16 to 5.2 million tonnes in 2051/52.

If no new waste and resource recovery solutions are introduced, we will need an extra 2 new large landfills. With a lack of suitable locations for new landfills and potential long term environmental impacts from poor management of landfills, alternative solutions need to be sourced.

Advanced Waste and Resource Recovery Technologies

Advanced Waste and Resource Recovery Technologies (AWRRT) can reduce the need for more landfills, and has a high capability to recover resources from municipal, construction and commercial residual waste.

In September 2017, Shire officers visited facilities in China that can process 280,000 to 1.4million tonnes of waste per year, diverting up to 97% of waste from landfill and generating enough power for 120,000 Australian homes.  Shire officers presented the outcomes of the China study tour at the War on Waste Forum.

Pathway to Advanced Waste and Resource Recovery Technologies

The Metropolitan Waste Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) is a Victorian State Government Statutory Body responsible for coordinating and facilitating the delivery of waste management and resource recovery across metropolitan Melbourne. 

The MWRRG has been working with Councils to investigate alternatives to landfills. A group made up of South-east Melbourne Councils has been proposed for the procurement of a regional facility.     

The Council will consult with the community through each of the following steps.  

Steps to Advance Waste and Resource Technologies


What is China’s ‘National Sword Policy’?

China is the world’s largest importer of recyclable materials.

Last year, in efforts to improve environmental and health conditions, China announced that from early this year, they would no longer accept unsorted, dirty or contaminated plastic, mixed paper and cardboard. The new policy imposes much tighter contamination thresholds on these recyclable streams.

How will it impact the Shire?

At present, it is business as usual.  

This issue is not unique to Victoria.  All Australian jurisdictions, and many other countries have a heavy reliance on the China export market.

We’re working with the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) and our contractors to fully understand the impact of this new policy. Our contractors have been developing high quality sorting facilities which will comply with China’s new import standards.

Do I keep recycling?

YES, we still need to recycle. Recycling reduces the amount of natural resources and energy required to make new products. Now, it is more important than ever to Recycle Right. View the Shire’s recycling web page to find out what can be placed in your recycling bins.

To ensure we maximise our recycling:

  • No Plastic Bags - Place only loose items in your recycling bin Rinse/empty out all containers and bottles
  • Only place recyclables in your recycling bin
  •  (can we place this first)
  • FREE disposal of excess recycling is available at our Resource Recovery Centres (Rye, Mornington and Tyabb) or hoppers (Sorrento, Dromana and Flinders).  

What’s next?

The Shire is committed to best waste management practices- reducing the amount of waste generated, increase recovery of recyclable materials, and reduction in contamination. China’s restrictions provide an opportunity for Victorians to review our waste practices and look for opportunities to transition to a cleaner economy.

Advanced Waste Resource Recovery Technologies may provide a solution to low value and/or non-recyclable materials. The Shire is working with the MWRRG to drive best practice in waste management.