Draft Towards Zero Waste Strategy released

Published on 03 September 2019

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Maribyrnong City Council’s draft Towards Zero Waste Strategy identifies that separating our waste into the correct bins is not enough. As a municipality we need to focus on avoiding waste in the first place and reducing our impact on the planet. That means Council and community, need to aim for zero waste.

Last year Council received feedback from over 250 community members on waste issues, including Council’s waste services and how to reduce waste across our City. Drawing on these ideas, Council developed a draft Towards Zero Waste Strategy.

Now we want to hear from the community again. Council would like to invite all residents to view the draft strategy and share your thoughts via an online survey at www.yourcityyourvoice.com.au

This draft strategy builds on the achievements of Council and the community in waste and resource recovery over the past 15 years, resulting in some significant improvements. Together we’ve reduced contamination in recycling bins by 59% and seen a 20% reduction in the amount of overall waste created.

Reducing the amount of waste we create and reducing the amount sent to landfill remains a key priority and the draft strategy sets ambitious targets to move toward zero waste sent to landfill by 2050.

Residents are encouraged to view the Draft Action Plan, which identifies seven priority waste streams and sets actions for the next 3 – 5 years, with a focus on avoiding and reusing/recycling waste as a priority.

The draft strategy will remain open for community review and feedback until 25 September, 2019.