Council will continue its review of Brimbank’s current kerbside household waste collection service following the announcement of a state-wide roll out of a four bin system and introduction of a container deposit scheme by the Victorian Government.
Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou said Council had been waiting for the release of the State Government’s Circular Economy Strategy and outcomes of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Recycling and Waste Management before finalising a review of Brimbank’s waste and recycling services.
‘It’s great to see the suite of new policies being announced under the Recycling Victoria package in recent days.
‘This is something Brimbank has been keenly awaiting for some time.
‘Our submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Recycling and Waste Management in May 2019 highlighted the systemic issues with the provision of recycling and waste management in Victoria.
‘As part of our submission we called on the State Government to properly re-evaluate the provision of waste disposal and recycling services, and the impact of levies and how they are utilised.
‘In addition, back in 2018, we also wrote to the State Government to consider introducing a container deposit scheme in Victoria and flagged that Brimbank would be an ideal city to pilot collection options.
‘This week’s release of the Circular Economy Strategy, including the announcement of a four bin system to be rolled out across Victoria alongside the introduction of a container deposit scheme, aligns with Brimbank’s Waste, Recycling and Litter Strategy and should go a long way to reducing garbage and increasing recycling rates in Victoria.
‘The four bin system is also consistent with our intention to introduce food organics into the kerbside green organics collection.
‘The introduction of a four bin system will have significant implications for Councils.
‘Council is keen to find out more information from the State Government about how Local Government will be funded and supported to roll out of the four bin system.
‘We also want to better understand how the planned increases to the landfill levy will be used to implement these new reforms to benefit communities, and avoid funds sitting idly in the sustainability fund,’ the Mayor said.