Managing our waste together

Recycling Victoria

The Victorian Government is transforming the state’s recycling sector. Its 10-year action plan, Recycling Victoria, requires that all households be offered a kerbside glass recycling service by 2027 and a food and garden organics recovery service by 2030.

Council recycling initiatives

New waste and recycling services are being trialed. We recycle waste from some public recycling bins and soon we'll be recycling waste from public litter bins.

Green waste from South Melbourne Market is converted into organic compost. All other food and organic waste is dehydrated on site and sold as a rich fertiliser (like blood and bone). The market has replaced single use plastic bags with reusable plastic bags for purchase and ‘boomerang bags’. Find out more at South Melbourne Market: Sustainability at the market

Consume less and think before you buy

We can all reduce our impact by purchasing, consuming and throwing out less.

You can:

  • avoid single use plastics
  • buy in bulk to avoid packaging
  • ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”.

Reusing items is the next best thing. You could:

  • purchase items at op shops to avoid new and packaged products
  • borrow things from friends, neighbours or family members
  • use the library instead of buying books
  • donate things to others when you no longer want them.

Understand how to recycle

We are getting better at recycling, but too much recyclable material still ends up in landfill because it's placed in the wrong bin or can't be sorted properly.

Find out what can and can’t be recycled in your recycling bins at home.

Our strategy for growth and change

We have developed a new Waste Management Strategy, to ensure that we are delivering what our community wants – which is additional waste services, to cover four different streams of waste management including more recycling services. The four streams cover general waste, general recycling (for paper, metal and plastics), glass, and food organics and garden organics (FOGO).

In addition to delivering the services that our community has told us they want, we’re also seeing the level of waste across our community is continuing to increase, which is contributing to driving up costs. This is on top of already-increasing costs of current waste management services, such as increased EPA landfill levies. The aim is to reduce the impact on the environment by reducing the amount of material sent to landfill, which over time will also reduce the costs incurred to process waste in our City.

More household waste is being generated in our City as increased numbers of residents work from home and our population grows. This additional waste means extra costs to Council. Shifting recycling markets and increased processing costs, including the cost of contamination, are also placing pressure on costs. 

Read the strategy to learn more about our hybrid waste model: Don’t Waste It! Waste Management Strategy 2022-2025 (PDF 2 MB)