Waste Education Program

The Shire’s Waste Education Program helps residents to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle their waste.

The Waste Hierarchy is the Shire’s preferred approach to waste management. Where possible, avoid generating waste, reduce what is purchased, reuse items until you are no longer able to, and convert the old into new by recycling.

The Peninsula Compost Challenge

Take part in our 6-week challenge to reduce waste!

Joining the challenge is simple, sign-up and choose to compost your food waste during the 6-week challenge to see the difference it makes!

The challenge aims to raise awareness of the benefits of composting to reduce waste going to landfill.

Mornington Peninsula Shire invites you to take part in its inaugural Peninsula Compost Challenge, launching 7th May 2018.

Sign up at the Compost Challenge 

Past Programs 

Primary School Waste Education Sessions

The Shire ran FREE waste education incursions to primary schools in Terms 3 and 4 of 2017. 

Schools choose from three topics:

  • Waste Wise Shopping
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Litter in the Environment 

9 schools took part in the incursions. 26 sessions were delivered. Teachers and students enjoyed the hands-on activities and interactive games.

Kerbside Bin Inspection Program

From September 2017 to December 2017, 4000 properties across the Peninsula had their Garbage and Recycling Bins inspected to check recycling rates. If your bins were inspected, you would have received a tag providing feedback, and information about recyclable items

We found

In Recycling Bins:

  • 45% were being used correctly
  • 55% had items that did not belong in the Recycling Bin
  • Soft Plastics (e.g. shopping bags, plastic wrap, food packets) were found in 33% of Recycling Bins. These cannot be recycled through the kerbside bin collection. However, specialised companies are able to recycle these, so look for a collection point at your local supermarket.
  • Bagged Recycling was found in 19% of Recycling Bins. Instead, try using a cardboard box, bucket, or plastic tub to collect your recyclables.

In Garbage Bins:

  • 53% of Garbage Bins had items that could have been Recycled rather than sent to Landfill.
  • Paper and cardboard items were found in 29% of Garbage Bins, and Rigid Plastics (e.g. plastic kid’s toys, take away containers, plastic plant pots) were found in 28% of Garbage Bins, however these could have been Recycled instead.

Soft Plastics are anything that you can scrunch in your hand. These cannot be recycled through the kerbside bin collection. However, specialised companies are able to recycle these, so look for a collection point at your local supermarket. 

Some streets were also chosen for repeat inspections, and these showed fantastic improvements. After receiving a tag, the number of households using their Recycle Bins correctly increased by 29%, and an extra 13% no longer disposed of recyclables in their garbage bins.

Find out more about household recycling here, or visit our Disposal Guide to find out what can be recycled FREE of charge at our Resource Recovery Centres.