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Rethinking our waste

examples of reusing, recycling and minimising waste including buying package free produce, composting, sharing home grown produce and tool lending

We’re taking a fresh look at waste.

Earlier this year we asked for your help and you certainly came to the party, submitting hundreds of great ideas for a more creative and sustainable approach.

We carefully considered your feedback and created a draft Waste Minimisation Strategy to improve the way we purchase, consume and use resources.

We’re now inviting you to view the draft strategy and to provide further feedback.

Have your say by completing the form below by Wednesday 13 June 2018.



Key objectives

The strategy is built around five key objectives, each with a four year action plan detailing the specific tasks required to achieve our targets.

Key objectives:

  • Valuing our resource.
  • Delivering high quality, accessible services and programs.
  • Encouraging community pride through clean and litter free public spaces.
  • Ensuring Yarra has access to the programs, infrastructure and technology to meet its targets
  • Collaborate, partner and advocate for better outcomes.

Fast facts

Last year:

  • Total waste generated for kerbside collection decreased by 98 tonnes.
  • About 97% of goods left at recycling drop-off points were recycled and reused
  • More than 540 tonnes of hard waste was recycled
  • Almost 10,000 tonnes of material was recycled (that’s 1500 elephants!)

Recent highlights

  • The Food Know How program is providing tips on meal planning, shopping, cooking, storage, and growing food at home to help reduce waste.
  • Under the Recycle Us program we’re looking in rubbish and recycling bins, and providing feedback to households to help them improve their practice.
  • Our Recycling School initiative sees us working with local schools to show young people that recycling can be fun and rewarding.

If you have a question for our Waste Minimisation team, email them at info@yarracity.vic.gov.au (subject line: Rethinking our waste) or call them on 9205 5555.

We’re taking a fresh look at waste.

Earlier this year we asked for your help and you certainly came to the party, submitting hundreds of great ideas for a more creative and sustainable approach.

We carefully considered your feedback and created a draft Waste Minimisation Strategy to improve the way we purchase, consume and use resources.

We’re now inviting you to view the draft strategy and to provide further feedback.

Have your say by completing the form below by Wednesday 13 June 2018.



Key objectives

The strategy is built around five key objectives, each with a four year action plan detailing the specific tasks required to achieve our targets.

Key objectives:

  • Valuing our resource.
  • Delivering high quality, accessible services and programs.
  • Encouraging community pride through clean and litter free public spaces.
  • Ensuring Yarra has access to the programs, infrastructure and technology to meet its targets
  • Collaborate, partner and advocate for better outcomes.

Fast facts

Last year:

  • Total waste generated for kerbside collection decreased by 98 tonnes.
  • About 97% of goods left at recycling drop-off points were recycled and reused
  • More than 540 tonnes of hard waste was recycled
  • Almost 10,000 tonnes of material was recycled (that’s 1500 elephants!)

Recent highlights

  • The Food Know How program is providing tips on meal planning, shopping, cooking, storage, and growing food at home to help reduce waste.
  • Under the Recycle Us program we’re looking in rubbish and recycling bins, and providing feedback to households to help them improve their practice.
  • Our Recycling School initiative sees us working with local schools to show young people that recycling can be fun and rewarding.

If you have a question for our Waste Minimisation team, email them at info@yarracity.vic.gov.au (subject line: Rethinking our waste) or call them on 9205 5555.