Victorian councils are being supported to roll out new education campaigns to help residents understand the four bin recycling system, as part of the Victorian Government’s goal to divert 80% of waste from landfill. All Victorians will soon be sorting their household waste and recycling into four streams – with all local governments to transition to new glass services by 2027 and new food and garden organics services by 2030.

Local Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas said that both the Macedon Ranges and Hepburn Councils are two of the 17 councils across the state to share more than $1 million in grants.

Hepburn Shire Council has been awarded $60,900 under the scheme. The funding will have a focus on new household organics, food, garden and recycling collection. The council be will be introducing a food and garden organics service in May 2022 to all households. An opt-out option will be provided to those who process their own waste.

Sustainability Victoria will provide communication materials based on behaviour change theory and research, developed in partnership with local government and industry, allowing councils to focus their funding efforts on advertising and engaging with residents.

All councils and alpine resort management boards are eligible for funding under the $6.03 million Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Fund to be shared across four funding rounds. For more information on the Fund, visit Sustainability Victoria’s website.

The Victorian Government has invested over $515 million to deliver the biggest transformation and reform of Victoria’s waste and recycling industry. This includes $380 million to deliver Recycling Victoria which will fundamentally reduce waste, boost jobs and establish a recycling system Victorians can rely on.