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Six regional and two metropolitan local governments will deliver innovative pilot projects to tackle contamination and resource recovery issues with funding and other support from SV’s 2017 Improving Resource Recovery Grants program.
The program provides grants of up to $8,500 to Victorian local governments who co-fund waste education and behaviour change projects relating to kerbside services for household and SMEs.
The grantees all developed their project ideas with the support of others in government, industry, community and the education sector at a two-day co-design forum in Melbourne in May. About 80 people participated in the event. View the video.
The local governments then had the opportunity to seek funding through the grant program to support delivery of these projects, which they will also co-fund.
The projects will be evaluated and the outcomes shared with other local governments. This information will then be incorporated into a knowledge bank developed as part of this program.
Improving Resource Recovery aims to address Strategic objective 3 of the Victorian Waste Education Strategy. SV’s waste education team delivers a number of grant and other programs to meet other objectives of the Strategy.
Funding recipients and projects
Moyne Shire Council
Project: 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
Project: 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
Project: 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
Project: 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
Project: 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
Project: 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
Project: 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
Project: 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.
Applications are now closed.
This grants program is a Victorian Government initiative aimed at funding projects to support land managers to address the issues of litter in coastal areas and waterways and the illegal dumping of waste. These two areas were identified as priorities for action at workshops held in mid-2016 to discuss the top five litter issues in Victoria as identified in Victoria’s Litter Report Card.
The top five issues are:
This program is offering grants of up to $10,000 for land managers to implement projects focused on preventing and managing:
The grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process and applicants must match the funding on a 1:1 basis. Approved projects must be completed within 12 months of the funding agreement being signed.
Kingston City Council Project: Don't Waste Our Green Wedge Project summary: The project incorporates infrastructure, enforcement, community engagement and education in order to reduce illegal dumping in Kingston’s green wedge. It will assess the effectiveness of five interventions to decrease illegal dumping of materials in and around the green wedge. Grant: $9,850
Yarra City Council Project: Keeping a retail strip litter free Project summary: To reduce littering behaviour in the retail area of Queens Parade, the project will engage with local businesses, residents and school communities on the impacts of litter. Grant: $10,000
Corangamite Shire Council Project: Lismore – Street Litter Cleanup Project summary: Trial of two compactable litter bins in Lismore. Grant: $10,000
Greater Shepparton City Council Project: Changing illegal dumping behaviour Project summary: The project will involve purchasing, installing and monitoring cameras at green spaces that are identified illegal dumping hot spots by Council and Parks Victoria. The second element of the project includes complementary signage; trialling strategic communication styles across numerous locations to determine the most effective communication to influence behaviour in the project area. Grant: $10,000
Baw Baw Shire Council Project: Security poles and cameras to help reduce illegal litter dumping Project summary: To reduce the amount of illegal dumping from occurring in our green space hot spots by installing six poles with security cameras. The intervention aims to be a short and long term solution. The aim is to reduce the impacts of illegal dumping now and to deter people from doing it in the future. Grant: $10,000Greater Shepparton City Council Project: Bin It for A Greater Shepp Project summary: The project will create educational material that will be installed on the public litter bins located in the CBD and the Victoria Park Lake. The signage will be designed to encourage users to 'bin' their waste. The imagery and wording will aim to inform and educate users of the numerous impacts litter has on the local waterways with a focus on local animals and drinking water. Grant: $10,000
The Victorian Government recognises the critical role that waste education plays in improving resource recovery in Victoria and the need for a coordinated approach. To meet the current and future challenges in this area, SV developed the Victorian Waste Education Strategy 2016 (the Strategy), which acknowledges the shared responsibility of education and engagement for waste and resource recovery across state and local government, industry and other stakeholders.
The Strategy has a five-year action plan and six strategic directions to guide waste and resource recovery education and aligns with broader state government initiatives and activities that support delivery of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan.
This grants program seeks to deliver on Strategic Direction 4 of the Strategy: Reduce litter and illegal dumping, and the corresponding action below:
For more information on Victoria’s Litter Report Card and related litter initiatives view the Victorian Litter Plan.
Additional grant programs are currently open for projects addressing Strategic Directions 2 and 3.
The Love Food Hate Waste Local Engagement Support Grants aim to support delivery of Strategic Direction 2 of the Victorian Waste Education Strategy: to increase community awareness of waste and support and encourage waste avoidance.
The grants co-fund opportunities with local government, Waste and Resource Recovery Groups, community organisations and educational institutions to deliver tailored, local Love Food Hate Waste activities that will inform and empower their communities to reduce food waste.
Ten organisations and projects have been approved to be funded.
St Louis de Montfort’s Primary School, Aspendale
Project name: All you need is Love Food Hate WasteGrant amount: $10,000Project summary: A food waste project for students, including a 10-week Garden to Kitchen program that incorporates LFHW messages and culminates in a school café. The project will also include the broader school community.
Youth Food Movement Australia
Project name: Give Food Waste the Flip: food waste messaging for millennialsGrant amount: $10,000Project summary: A social media and email campaign testing effective methods of engagement with millennials in inner urban Victoria in two areas: food waste awareness, and food waste avoidance behaviour change.
East Gippsland Shire Council
Project name: Love Food Hate Waste at East Gippsland Farmers MarketsGrant amount: $1,000Project summary: Interactive stalls at four local farmers markets across East Gippsland. The Council will provide free samples of food which have been made using LFHW recipes, prompting conversations with market-goers about the key messages of LFHW.
Glen Eira City Council
Project name: Food waste event with pop-up community education resourceGrant amount: $2,000Project summary: A food waste pop-up community education resource to educate the community about the life cycle of food, the importance of reducing food waste and how to reduce food waste.
Monash City Council
Project name: Scrap Food Waste in MonashGrant amount: $7,000Project summary: This project is focused on reaching a range of demographics in one of the most culturally diverse cities in Australia. It includes a broad awareness campaign, food workshops, documentary screenings, education sessions for schools, presentations to community groups, and development of food waste minimisation kits.
Grampians Central West Waste & Resource Recovery Group
Project name: Grampians Fork to ForkGrant amount: $10,000Project summary: Through the well-established Fork to Fork program in the region, Grampians Central West Waste & Resource Recovery Group will offer a series of food waste avoidance workshops, empowering community members to continue to deliver food waste avoidance education at the conclusion of the project.
St Aloysius Catholic Primary School Queenscliff
Project name: St Aloysius Love Food Hate WasteGrant amount: $2,000Project summary: A whole school, curriculum-focused initiative, this project will promote waste management strategies and empower students, staff and families to change their approach to food processes.
Worawa Aboriginal College
Project name: Connecting to Tucker – Walking in Two Worlds in the GardenGrant amount: $8,500Project summary: A holistic approach to embed a food waste avoidance culture within the school. Students will prepare gardens and grow bushfoods and fruits and vegetables to supply the school’s kitchen, gaining ownership of caring for country, and promoting health and wellbeing. The girls will return to their communities across Australia as leaders in sustainability and wellbeing.
Whitehorse City Council
Project name: Quest to find DUELI's best waste-free Master ChefGrant amount: $5,500Project summary: Engaging international students on food waste avoidance through a competition to become a ‘Waste-Free Master Chef’. Entrants will compete by preparing meals with common leftover items, culminating in a recipe book for current and future students.
Melbourne Farmers Markets
Project name: Love Food Hate Waste Hub on WheelsGrant amount: $9,996Project summary: This information hub on wheels will be used to deliver seasonal demonstrations and educational workshops at Farmers Markets across university campuses, encouraging students to engage in waste minimisation initiatives.