War on Waste

The Mornington Peninsula Shire is committed to best practice waste management and moving towards a zero waste peninsula.

Our inaugural War on Waste Forum & Expo was held on Sunday 29 October at Dromana.

The event gave insights on how we can deal with waste in the future through a series of presentations, demonstrations and stalls showcasing local initiatives in waste reduction, plastics avoidance and litter prevention.

The Shire encourages our community join the war on waste by implementing waste reduction strategies in their own home and at work, as well as learning about the future in waste management.

Council continues its war on waste, combining a restructure of waste processing activities with the awarding of new waste contracts to achieve a saving to the community of $2.42 million per annum and resolving to write to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change to advocate for an alternate waste technology facility in in the South East Metropolitan Area. 

Council gained further knowledge about how alternative waste and waste-to-energy technology is operating successfully overseas at a recent trip to China. 

Nepean Ward Councillor Hugh Fraser, the Shire’s Chief Operating Officer Niall McDonagh and Team Leader Waste Services Daniel Hinson spoke about their recent visit to China and delivered the Waste to Energy Study Tour Presentation(PDF, 3MB) at the War on Waste Forum.

 

What the community is doing:

  • Avoiding packaging that can’t be recycled
  • Collecting soft plastics (plastic bags, plastic wrap, etc.) and placing them in the red bins available in their local supermarkets
  • Buying secondhand instead of new
  • Using composting and worm farms to reduce organic waste.
  • Making a conscious effort to reduce waste

Some community questions:

  • Why are there so few bins along the beach?
  • Why don’t we prevent the waste in the first place?
  • Can we recycle milk carton lids?

What more can we do as a community?

  • Reduce rubbish entering waterways
  • Support and promote local Op shops
  • More signs to let visitors know not to leave their rubbish behind / dispose of it responsibly
  • Better public rubbish bins
  • Advocating for a ban on single use plastic bags
  • Silage wrap recycling for Mornington Peninsula farmers.
  • Combining a restructure of waste processing activities with the awarding of new waste contracts to achieve a saving to the community of $2.42 million per annum.  These contracts will meet Council’s efforts to decrease peninsula waste heading to landfill and implement initiatives to increase recycling and resource recovery.  Combining and extending these contracts have placed the Shire in an excellent position to incorporate recycling of organic waste processing and access to alternative waste-to-energy treatments in the near future.
  • Resolving to write to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change to advocate for an alternate waste technology facility in in the South East Metropolitan Area.
  • Council is committed to best practice waste management and moving towards a zero-waste, carbon neutral peninsula. 
  • Weekly summer kerbside recycling bin collection to reduce holiday season
  • Encouraging residents to take advantage of the Detox your Home program available through our Resource Recovery Centres.
  • The Shire has a Waste Education Program to help residents avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle their waste.
  • Encouraging a more sustainable future through our Eco Living Display Centre

This summer your household recycling bin will be collected every week from Monday 18 December 2017 until Friday 2 February 2018.

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s weekly Summer Recycling Service is a boost to the usual fortnightly recycling service to help you better dispose of your waste over summer.

Your normal 240L recycling bin (blue lid) will be collected on the same day it is currently every week rather than fortnightly.

What can you recycle?

  • Aluminium and steel cans and foil
  • Rigid and Solid plastic items, such as: kids toys, kitchen ware, cups and drink bottles
  • Pots and pans
  • Wrapping paper and envelopes
  • Cardboard, newspapers and magazines
  • Milk, juice and soft drink bottles
  • Glass bottles and jars

Here are few recycling tips:

  • Don’t place recycling in a plastic bag
  • Empty containers of contents/liquids
  • Recyclables that can’t fit into your bin can be taken to a rubbish tip (Rye, Mornington and Tyabb) or hopper (Sorrento, Dromana and Flinders) for free.

To view your normal bin dates visit our My Neighbourhood page .