Please visit the Waste and recycling section for the latest waste and recycling news and updates in the City of Port Phillip.
What we're doing
Below are the latest actions from the February 2022 Climate Action Update.
Investing in our assets
- Operating communal food organics recycling hubs, expanding from three to six locations in 2022
- Converting the Elwood Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) trial to an ongoing service
- Providing communal glass recycling bins at seven locations across the City. Recycled glass is used in construction or turned into other glass materials.
Working with our community and partners
- Evaluating and revising the Don’t Waste It! Waste Management Strategy 2018-28 to guide and inform Council’s future actions and targets
- Continuing to partner with others to divert waste from landfill at South Melbourne Market, including green waste collected by the Vermicompost Worm Farm Project and oyster, mussel and scallop shells recycled in a partnership with The Nature Conservancy.
Changing how we deliver our services
- Planning for Victoria’s four-service waste and recycling model under the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria policy. The new system will standardise accepted items for each recycling stream and bin lid colours across the state. As part of this, we’re planning to roll out communal glass recycling hubs and a FOGO service (combination of kerbside bins and communal hubs) across the City in 2023.
- Increasing data collection and audits to evaluate waste diverted from landfill, volumes of recycled materials and contamination rates. The 2020-21 Recycling Reset program demonstrated a 25 per cent reduction in kerbside recycling contamination rates over the six-month campaign.
- Solar bins that reduce waste by compacting it are one of the many waste and recycling initiatives at the South Melbourne Market.
What we've done
Recent examples of how we're fostering a sustained reduction in waste in Port Phillip:
- 70% of rubbish from hard and dumped rubbish collections diverted from landfill in 2020/21.
- 37 tonnes of food waste diverted from landfill between May and December 2021 at communal food organics recycling hubs.
- 173 tonnes of food waste diverted by 407 Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) bins in the Elwood FOGO service at December 2021. This service has been operating since August 2020.
- 436,255 litres of glass collected through glass recycling trials from March 2020 to December 2021.