New public place recycling systems see great results

City of Wodonga, Wodonga

The 50 new waste and recycling bin dual enclosures installed throughout the North East in September 2016 are already providing the 2 million visitors and 117,000 residents improved options to recycle and dispose of waste in public places.

The new systems which will divert approximately 25 additional tonnes of recyclables from landfill each year, were installed in public areas including: streetscapes, parks and recreation reserves.   The project also included special snow line waste and recycling bin stations for all the North East’s Alpine Resort areas.  The 120 individual waste and recycling bins now make it easier for residents and visitors to ‘do the right thing, use the right bin’ throughout North East Victoria.

The project which was partially funded from the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) and the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group (North East WRRG) Councils and Alpine Resorts.

Local Councils who were involved in the project included: Alpine Shire, Benalla Rural City, City of Wodonga, Indigo Shire Council and the Rural City of Wangaratta. All the Alpine Resorts in North East Victoria were involved in the project including: Falls Creek, Mt Buller/Mt Stirling and Mt Hotham.

These groups have seen excellent results from the recent installation of the new public place recycling systems.  As part of the project the new systems were independently audited to test their effectiveness.  The results of the audits demonstrated:

  • 77% of recyclable materials deposited in public place bins are currently being diverted from landfill through the new public place recycling systems.
  • The region’s litter count is low, with the North East currently performing 50% better than the State average in litter rates.
  • There are less recyclables in the waste stream (an improvement of 11%) showing that people are putting more recyclables in the correct bin.

The project is a good example of what can be achieved through successful partnerships.  By working with industry, State Government, local Councils and Alpine Resorts the North East WRRG were able to leverage extra funding through the APC therefore doubling the original project funds.  Through a cooperative approach local representatives were able to gain efficiencies and consistency which have ultimately lead to better public place recycling outcomes for the region.

Rural City of Wangaratta, Glenrowan

Alpine Shire, Bright