Posted on 15. Oct, 2010 in Clayton Update, Greening Victoria

The Brumby Labor Government is providing $33.5 million to Victoria’s local governments, businesses and the recycling industry to increase waste management efficiency and further improve the state’s resource recovery capacity.

The announcement of three new funds would provide incentives to councils and businesses to reduce waste generation and improve resource recovery while stimulating the development of new technologies and green jobs.

The Brumby Labor Government also released the latest Victorian Local Government Annual Survey (2008-2009) which showed a state-wide improvement in kerbside resource recovery from 42 per cent in 2007-08 to 43 per cent in 2008-09.

“The Brumby Labor Government understands that strong communities need a clean environment which is why we are providing $33.5 million to councils and businesses to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill,” Member for Clayton Hong Lim said.

“These funds will help local government and industry to build on the great work already being done across the state by improving capacity and trialling new methods of recovery.

“The programs will help metropolitan and regional waste management groups and councils work together to identify opportunities to bolster their recycling efforts and reduce their disposal costs.

“Improving resource recovery through better recycling initiatives will also help create jobs.”

The new funds are:

  • $14 million Driving Investment for New Recycling Fund to assist councils, waste management groups and recyclers provide new infrastructure and increase capacity and capability;
  • $14 million Beyond Waste Fund to help businesses innovate to avoid generating waste, and reduce what is sent to landfill; and
  • $5.5 million Metropolitan Local Governments Waste and Resource Recovery Fund to support the delivery of the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Strategic Plan and achievement of municipal solid waste targets.


This investment is part of the 59.7 million package announced in Jobs for the Future Economy: Victoria’s Action Plan for Green Jobs to boost recycling and tackle litter, which will help divert an additional 1.2 million tonnes of waste and secure up to 700 new jobs. 

Mr Lim said the latest Victorian Local Government Annual Survey (2008-2009) showed Victorians were aware of the value of recycling but that there was still room for improvement.

“The results show Victorians are committed to home recycling with green waste and household recyclables helping to achieve the state’s best results yet in this area,” Mr Lim said.

“Residents in Monash were Number One for recycling, residents in Kingston and Greater Dandenong are also to be commended”.

Mr Lim said the performance of councils varied for a number of reasons including the size of the bins used, the frequency of collection and the availability of organics recycling.

“Another key factor is the amount of multi unit developments – such as in the City of Melbourne – which can make recycling challenging due to lack of space and infrastructure. Supporting councils to address this issue will be a high priority for the Metropolitan Local Governments Waste and Resource Recovery Fund and the Driving Investment for New Recycling Fund,” he said.

“New guidelines are also being developed to assist councils, developers, architects and building managers achieve waste and recycling best practice for multi unit dwellings.”

The new funds will be administered by Sustainability Victoria, EPA Victoria and the Metropolitan Waste Management Group.

For more information, including times and dates of information sessions on the funds programs, visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au, www.epa.vic.gov.au or mwmg.vic.gov.au. 

All 79 Victorian local governments are listed below and are ranked by diversion rate.

Rank Local Government Diversion rate (%)
1 Monash City Council 57
2 Manningham City Council 57
3 Greater Geelong City Council 56
4 Surf Coast Shire Council 56
5 Knox City Council 55
6 Maroondah City Council 54
7 Banyule City Council 53
8 Latrobe City Council 53
9 Corangamite Shire Council 52
10 Moyne Shire Council 52
11 Boroondara City Council 51
12 Frankston City Council 51
13 Kingston City Council 49
14 Bayside City Council 48
15 East Gippsland Shire Council 48
16 Greater Shepparton City Council 47
17 Swan Hill Rural City Council 47
18 Casey City Council 47
19 Baw Baw Shire Council 46
20 Hobsons Bay City Council 46
21 Whitehorse City Council 46
22 Nillumbik Shire Council 45
23 Greater Dandenong City Council 43
24 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council 42
25 Moonee Valley City Council 42
26 Colac Otway Shire Council 41
27 Moreland City Council 41
28 Indigo Shire Council 41
29 Mount Alexander Shire Council 40
30 Yarra Ranges Shire Council 40
31 Hepburn Shire Council 40
32 Stonnington City Council 40
33 Yarra City Council 40
34 Murrindindi Shire Council 39
35 Southern Grampians Shire Council 39
36 Melton Shire Council 39
37 Whittlesea City Council 38
38 Hindmarsh Shire Council 37
39 Warrnambool City Council 37
40 Moorabool Shire Council 37
41 Moira Shire Council 37
42 Cardinia Shire Council 37
43 Wyndham City Council 36
44 Wodonga City Council 36
45 Darebin City Council 36
46 Campaspe Shire Council 36
47 Port Phillip City Council 35
48 Macedon Ranges Shire Council 35
49 Mitchell Shire Council 34
50 Brimbank City Council 34
51 Hume City Council 33
52 Ballarat City Council 33
53 Glen Eira City Council 33
54 Queenscliffe Borough Council 33
55 Gannawarra Shire Council 33
56 Central Goldfields Shire Council 32
57 Towong Shire Council 32
58 Bass Coast Shire Council 31
59 West Wimmera Shire Council 31
60 South Gippsland Shire Council 31
61 Alpine Shire Council 31
62 Glenelg Shire Council 30
63 Wellington Shire Council 28
64 Pyrenees Shire Council 28
65 Mansfield  Shire Council 28
66 Buloke Shire Council 28
67 Benalla Rural City Council 28
68 Maribyrnong City Council 27
69 Greater Bendigo City Council 27
70 Ararat Rural City Council 26
71 Mildura Rural City Council 26
72 Northern Grampians Shire Council 26
73 Strathbogie Shire Council 26
74 Yarriambiack Shire Council 25
75 Wangaratta Rural City Council 25
76 Loddon Shire Council 23
77 Horsham Rural City Council 18
78 Melbourne City Council 18
79 Golden Plains Shire Council 15
State average diversion rate 43



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