Sustainability Victoria has provided grants to these local governments through the 2017 Improving Resource Recovery Grants program:
Moyne Shire Council
The project aims to address the low levels of usage of the food organics and garden organics bin (FOGO). Select areas with a kerbside collection service will be audited and households that have used the food organics bin appropriately will have stickers placed on their bins with a congratulatory message. Households with food organics in the garbage bin will receive an informative sticker explaining that food organics can be placed in their (FOGO) organics bin. A percentage of the households with appropriate food organics behaviour will receive publicised congratulatory incentives. These will include sustainable and ethical prizes and public acknowledgement.
Mount Alexander Shire Council
The project will test the effectiveness of wheelie bin worm farms to promote the management of food waste at home. The data collected will provide valuable information about food waste practices and will be compared to other council research to determine the most effective methods of reducing food waste shire-wide. Workshops, education material and bin audits will be included in the project.
Port Phillip City Council
The project will involve the development of a short film showing the ‘story’ of community members’ electronic waste from collection to processing. It aims to promote transparency and trust in the recycling process. It’s hoped that through this, there will be a raised awareness of the need to properly dispose of e-waste. The film will be consistent with the upcoming requirements of the e-waste ban and will be potentially shareable with other councils after the ban is in place.
Rural City of Wangaratta
The project aims to educate community members about why recyclables should not be placed in plastic bags. It will include working with the council’s waste services provider to deliver a range of educational activities such as tours of the materials recycling facility, community workshops and displays. In the past the council has relied on one-way communication to educate residents about what can be recycled (and how to do so), along with a disciplinary program with a ‘four strikes and you’re out’ policy to address major and consistent contamination issues. This project takes a different approach and will seek ongoing community feedback during the activities to better understanding barriers to behaviour change in the local community. Interviews with residents – to be shared in social and print media – will also form part of the campaign.
Wyndham City Council
A Recycling Detectives Kit will be developed for students to take home and use with their families. The kit will include a checklist and detective tools to support kids to undertake a small bin inspection like a true detective! The kit will ask them to review their waste practices, test their family members’ knowledge (through a quiz), and ensure that they have the best possible system in place. To encourage participation, the project will be run as a fundraiser for schools, with every participating student earning credits for their school. The school that is able to demonstrate the highest level of household waste reduction will receive a bonus prize ($200 voucher which they can also choose to donate to a charity). Additional spot prizes will be offered to maintain engagement. These will include worm farms and compost bins. All participating students will receive a Waste Champion Certificate. The kit will build on the relationships the council has already established with local schools.
South Gippsland Shire Council
The project will be the first of its kind in the region incorporating kerbside bin audits with targeted education sessions in local pre-schools, as well working with supermarkets to educate customers on what materials can /can’t be recycled. The supermarket activities will incorporate a static display. While the council has an existing pre and primary school education program, it will fortify that by asking students to complete a bin survey at home in order to receive a bin warrior sticker to out on their kerbside bins to promote that they doing the right thing. Data collected will to contribute to other council information about local recycling habits. Educational sessions will also be conducted at schools, and schools in Leongatha and Korumburra will have bin audits to see if the new information is translating into changed behaviours at school.
Bass Coast Shire Council
The council will target visitors to the region over the busy summer months, to reduce contamination in recycling bins. The campaign will also educate visitors about the correct use of the food organics and garden organics (FOGO) bin (to be introduced in September 2017). In addition, the council will also have an active presence at summer events frequented by visitors, providing educational information via their special waste management mascots (life-sized kerbside bin characters). The data collected, the materials developed and methodology used will be useful to share with many other council with a similar transient population.
City of Greater Bendigo
The council will work with sporting clubs at a recreation reserve to develop appropriate recycling bins and signage/visuals to encourage facility users to correctly dispose of recyclable materials. This is the first time the council has tackled this issue. They will build on the lessons learnt from SV’s public place recycling program, providing new knowledge to share with other councils.
For more information about this program please email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote “Improving Resource Recovery Grants” in the subject line or phone 1300 363 744 and ask to speak to a grants support representative.