KEEPING GLASS AND FOOD WASTE OUT OF LANDFILL FOR YARRA RESIDENTS

The Victorian Government is supporting Yarra City Council to boost their recycling kerbside collections to recover valuable resources and reduce waste going to landfill.

Member for Richmond Richard Wynne MP today visited Yarra Recycling Centre to announce Yarra City Council has been awarded $400,000 to expand kerbside collection trials of organic waste and glass across the municipality.

By capturing more organic waste and diverting it from landfill, otherwise lost nutrients can be recovered for reuse while reducing greenhouse gas.

Separating glass items from other recyclables provides a high-quality material for recycling and remanufacturing. The separation process also improves the quality of other materials in the comingled recycling bin by reducing contamination.

Yarra City Council is one five projects, worth more than $2.35 million, to share in $1.25 million to fund kerbside waste separation trials that are expected to create 27 jobs and divert 28,000 tonnes of kerbside food and garden waste and 4,600 tonnes of glass from landfill.

The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s $26 million Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund that supports investment in the development of infrastructure to improve collection and reprocessing of recycled materials.

The Government is building a strong circular economy for the state and has invested more than $135 million in resource recovery, including $37 million for the Recycling Industry Strategic Plan.

For more information, visit: sustainability.vic.gov.au/RRIF_Infrastructure_Grants.

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne MP

“This funding is helping Yarra divert more waste from landfill in a move towards a more circular economy.”

“We’re backing innovative projects like this to reduce contamination, improve the quality of recyclable materials and deliver better environmental outcomes for the community.”

“This is a great opportunity to make our recycled materials cleaner and more valuable, ensuring they get a new life, while sending less waste to landfill.”