Continue to reduce waste into landfill by increasing recycling and composting opportunities – continuation and improvement of the existing service.
Most people don't know that Moreland council currently recycles plastic bags... but it soon might finish when the recycling service goes to tender. Council should heavily promote placing plastic bags in the recycling bin AND make sure that they continue to be recycled with the new contractore (if the service is changed). Better still council should place a levy on plastic bags -encourage people to stop using them. supply compost bins so food stops going into landfill
- Better awareness regarding what is and isn't recyclable.
- Ban plastic bags.
- Incentives and pressure for retailers (particularly the duopoly) to reduce plastic packaging, particularly on food. This would be easier for more responsive, small businesses than it would be for Coles/Woollies, and would therefore increase diversity in our retail sector.
Bright Sparks was a great initiative but it needed more support from the local councils. It is shame that so much electronic waste ends up in landfill when so much can be reused or components salvaged.
MCC should continue to support the operation of Community Compost Hubs, such as the one at West Brunswick Community Garden, with provision of appropriate information to the local community via local media, social media, Council website etc
Dumping often happens when people move, from incidental observation. Offer an extra recycling bin together with an on-call hard rubbish collection within 1 month of the move to be booked with at least a week notice to Council. First cubic meter is free, the rest is charged. Hard rubbish is on the driveway, not the nature strip. Each dwelling can get a maximum of 3 on-call hard rubbish within a 10 year period and no more than one within 2 years. Maybe some corporate bodies can have extras for high turn-over apartment blocks. At the same time, reduce the yearly whole of Moreland hard rubbish collection to once every 2 years as well as encouraging reuse of worthwhile items to be placed in a different pile.
More composting for all who'd like it. Is a local composting facility that sells compost back to the community a possibility?
In addition to this I would say to better inform the residents as to what can be recycled and what cannot. I see some random things in recycling bins every weeks, and the people that put just whatever in recycling bins are not likely to go on the website of Moreland city council to check. Perhaps an identification of the worst areas could be conducted (via sampling of the truck's content), and then just try to have door to door discussions with residents. I'm guessing recycling trucks full of non-recyclable rubbish can cost a lot to the council.
The other aspect is the collection itself. In Coburg we have one man trucks, with a robotic arm sticking out of the truck to get the bin. Ok, it's less man-hours for the collection but it's a mess! Half the time, the bins are not collected because a car happened to be parked in front of it, and the rest of the time bins are all over the ground, and they get smashed really quickly. Honestly, this is a real problem, you should really review the contract you have with your provider.
Finally, one last aspect is composting for apartments. Not everybody has space even for a worm farm, and the bokashi bucket is not an option if you don't have anywhere to bury it in. It would be good to find some solutions here, especially since there will be more and more apartment in Moreland in the future.
Options for apartment blocks that don't have green waste or compost facilities would be incredibly useful.
Bins for food scraps. Better signs on bins about what can be recycled, especially pictures for those who cannot read English
Bigger recycle bins.
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