Our Waste Future

Public exhibition for the draft Beyond Zero Waste Strategy and draft Single-use Plastic Policy has ended. Thank you all to everyone who has submitted their feedback, attended a drop-in session or webinar, and completed the online or telephone surveys! 

The Beyond Zero Waste Strategy maps how waste will be managed and how we will move towards a zero waste future by 2030. The Single-use Plastic Policy details Council's commitment and leadership in eliminating single-use plastics on the Peninsula. 

We're incorporating your comments and working to finalise the strategy and policy.

You can still view the draft documents by clicking on the links below:

Read the draft Beyond Zero Waste Strategy 2030 Summary(PDF, 433KB)

Read the draft Beyond Zero Waste Strategy 2030(PDF, 2MB)

Read the draft Single-use Plastic Policy(PDF, 275KB)

Read the draft Single-use Plastic Policy supplementary guide(PDF, 612KB)

Read the Our Waste Future White Paper(PDF, 321KB) 

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.