Council seeks community views on major waste management changes


Baw Baw Shire Council is hosting pop-up consultation sessions across the Shire this month to gain community feedback about the Draft Waste Management Plan 2020-2025.

The first session was held in Rawson on Saturday 9 January and was well-attended by members of the community.

Upcoming sessions

A range of in-person and online sessions will be held throughout January and early February in towns across the Shire. Councillors and staff will be available to answer any questions and collect feedback about the proposed changes in the draft plan.

Monday 11 January 2021

Online session, 7pm

Meeting link.

Thursday 14 January 2021

Drouin Skatepark – 11am to 1pm

Wednesday 20 January 2021

Longwarry Hall – 4pm to 6pm

Friday 22 January 2021

Online session – 2pm to 3pm

Meeting link

Saturday 23 January 2021

Yarragon Craft and Produce Market – 8am to 1pm

Monday 25 January 2021

Thorpdale Bakery – 12pm to 2pm

Thursday 28 January 2021

Neerim South IGA – 3pm to 5pm

Friday 29 January 2021

Online session – 10am

Meeting link

Thursday 4 February 2021

Online session – 7pm

Meeting link

About the Draft Waste Management Plan

Council endorsed the draft plan at its meeting on Wednesday 18 December 2020 and encouraged residents to review the changes.

The draft plan reflects the changes outlined in the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria: a new economy policy and 10-year action plan, which was released in February 2020.

The Recycling Victoria policy outlines a range of measures to move towards a circular economy by reducing waste and pollution, improving recycling and creating more jobs.

The draft WMP identifies how Council can implement the following changes required as part of Recycling Victoria:

  • The provision of food organics and garden organics (FOGO) kerbside collection services by 2030.
  • The provision of a separate recovery systems for glass (currently included in the kerbside commingled recycling service) by 2027.
  • Upgrading kerbside bin lids to ensure they are consistent with colours specified in Recycling Victoria.

The Victorian Government is also introducing a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) in 2022/23.

This will result in community members being able to recycle their bottles and cans at local glass drop-off locations. How the community engage with the CDS service will ultimately influence which service Council decides to introduce.

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