Brimbank Council continues to work towards increasing recycling and reducing waste to landfill in the community.
So how did we go in the last financial year?
About 42 per of Brimbank’s waste was diverted away from landfill. That’s 31,787 tonnes of waste recycled, according to the Waste, Recycling and Litter Strategy Community Report Card for 2021/2022.
This is despite the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting staffing and increasing kerbside waste as we spend more time at home.
Council’s residential hard waste collection service continued to be popular. There were 20,769 collections completed, and 20 per cent of items collected were recycled.
Council introduced several initiatives to help the Brimbank community move towards better recycling and diversion from landfill in the past financial year.
Brimbank residents can now add food scraps to their green waste recycling bin. Food accounts for about 50% of the average household’s waste. Just over 60 per cent of Brimbank residents use this optional service. The food organics and garden organics bin is expected to make a big dent in waste going to landfill for anyone who uses the service.
Council hosted two Reusable Goods Drop-Off Day events, and hundreds of people dropped off unwanted household items in good condition that were donated to local charities. More than 200 vehicles dropped off their household chemicals at Council’s Detox Your Home event earlier this year. They responsibly disposed of 4,252 litres of chemicals. This included weed killers, cleaning products, cosmetics, cooking oil and fire extinguishers.
People were also able to drop off things like e-waste, batteries, cardboard, paper and motor oil at the Brimbank Resource Recovery Centre in Keilor Park. There are also e-waste drop-off points for residents for smaller items like batteries, globes, mobile phones and accessories at all five Council libraries.
You can check out the full Waste, Recycling and Litter Strategy 2018-2028 Community Report Card 2021/2022 by visiting Council’s website at brimbank.vic.gov.au, and you can also learn more about how to recycle more and responsibly dispose of your waste.