The Victorian Government will support 11 regional councils to introduce new glass and organic waste drop-off points across the state with a $3 million investment.
Minister for Environment and Climate Action, Lily D’Ambrosio said the move will help thousands of regional Victorians to reduce landfill and improve recycling, allowing tonnes of glass to be recycled into new glass bottles and jars and organic resources to be recycled into compost.
The regional councils set to benefit are Buloke Shire Council, City of Greater Geelong, West Wimmera Shire Council, Strathbogie Shire Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Hepburn Shire Council, Moira Shire Council, Towong Shire Council, Swan Hill Rural City Council and Mansfield Shire Council.
The funding is part of the $129 million investment to roll-out the new four stream waste and recycling service to Victoria’s regions, provided through the Transfer Station Upgrade Fund. Last year, the fund helped 28 regional and rural councils upgrade drop-off points in areas where kerbside services might not be appropriate.
“We’re supporting regional communities to build thriving recycling networks and build a circular economy that creates jobs and reduces waste,” the Minister said.
“We’re transforming the way we think about waste – boosting jobs in regional Victoria as we target diverting 80% of landfill by 2030.”