REGIONAL communities, including Wellington Shire, are a step closer to having a four bin kerbside recycling collection system.
Soon, Victorian households will be able to separate waste into rubbish, recycling, glass and green waste for kerbside collection, to significantly increase the quality of recycled material and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
On Tuesday, the state government announced $20 million in funding to support rural and regional councils to establish the four bin system.
Councils can use the funding to upgrade recycling transfer stations and drop-off points for separated glass and organics.
This is intended to keep jobs in the local community, and reduce the waste travelling to metropolitan Melbourne for sorting.
Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said separating household waste into four categories made the most of materials and would ensure the amount of rubbish going to landfill was reduced.
“Our recycling reforms mean that every household can do their bit reducing waste and making sure that recycling is a part of daily life,” she said.
“We know every council works a bit differently and has a unique community.
“That’s why this funding recognises that there isn’t a one size fits all recycling solution for rural and regional councils across Victoria.”
The government says the funding put rural and regional communities at the forefront of statewide reforms to the recycling system, as outlined in the government’s Recycling Victoria – A New Economy plan.
It says the circular economy policy and 10-year action plan is intended to deliver a cleaner, greener Victoria with less waste and pollution, better recycling, more jobs and a stronger economy.
By 2046, Victoria is expected to produce 40 per cent more waste than it did in 2017-18.
The funding is open to 48 rural and regional councils until March 26.