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 Teachers Environment Network is coordinated by the Mornington Peninsula Shire. Educators meet once a term to discuss sustainability at their schools. 

Schools can also book educational incursions and excursions to the Eco Living Display Centre. Interactive activities are linked to school curriculum and target specific learning levels. Further information, bookings and enquiries can be found on the Eco Living Display Centre Schools Program website. 

Beach Patrol 

You may have noticed people in coordinated t-shirts cleaning up our beaches? They’re part of Beach Patrol. Founded in Melbourne in 2009, Beach Patrol has grown to 26 groups around the Port Phillip Bay. Volunteers meet for one hour each month to clean the beaches. 

The Mornington Peninsula Shire proudly supports six groups: Rye, Tootgarook, Rosebud/McCrae, Mornington, Mount Eliza and Dromana/Safety Beach. In this just the first 6 months of 2018, they have removed at least 1,239 kg of rubbish from our beaches.

Our Beach Patrol groups need your help, volunteers are needed to keep our beaches clean and pristine. Get in contact with your local group to join a clean up.  

To start your own Beach Patrol Group, contact the Waste and Litter Education Officer

Boomerang Bags 

Boomerang Bags is a community driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level.

All bags are lovingly handcrafted by your local Community at sewing bees or from home using donated recycled materials.The bags are available for a donation from many stockists across the MP

You can help by:

  • Donating second-hand materials: linen, fabric offcuts, curtains and tread  
  • Volunteer sewers, cutters, ironers and screen printers are needed
  • Spreading the word

Find your local Boomerang Bag group 

Past Programs 

The Peninsula Compost Challenge

6-week challenge to reduce waste!

From Monday 7 May until Sunday 17 June 2018, 176 households took part in the Peninsula's first compost challenge. During the 6 week period, families tracked the amount of food waste diverted from landfill. 

Each week, households saved an average of 2.7 kg of food waste from landfill. Over the 6 weeks, that’s a monstrous 2,786 kg of food waste, reducing our equivalent CO2 emissions by 5,294 kg, enough to power a household for 1.3 years.

Almost 80% of the food waste was fruits, vegies and salads.  The main reasons the food was not eaten was because it was leftovers or food scraps.  

Although the challenge has ended, you can still continue to take part by composting at home. You will need a compost bin, worm farm or bio-fermenting compost unit to place your food waste in. Head to our compost page for handy tips. 

When will the next compost challenge run? 

We're in the process of reviewing the program. We will announce if and when the compost challenge is rerun on our Facebook page, media releases and publications. Stay up to date, like the Shire Facebook page and check out the latest news from the Shire.

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.