Australians are reported to be one of the highest generators of waste in the world per capita, with the average Victorian generating over two tonnes per year. The amount of waste we generate continues to grow, with our relatively affluent lifestyles and a population growth both significant factors. The generation and management of this waste has substantial environmental and social impacts.
In 2014, an audit of the Civic Centre Offices and Operations Centre showed that 28.4 tonnes of total waste was generated by Council Staff, of which 54% was sent to landfill and 46% was recycled or composted. In 2015, Council reduced total waste generated to 12.8 tonnes, of which 37% went to landfill. Council has achieved substantial reductions through a range of actions aimed at reducing waste to landfill, increasing recycling rates and improving resource efficiency.
Waste reducing action include:
Figure WR-1.1a shows the results from waste audits conducted in August 2018 of offices at the Dandenong Civic Centre and Operations Centre – it indicates:
- The total waste collected in 2018 was 14.9 tonnes per year
- From this waste sent to landfill equaled 51%
Figure WR-1.1b shows that of the waste placed in the garbage bins at Council offices:
While overall waste levels have fallen compared with the previous year, there are still further opportunities to divert office waste from landfill.
Repurpose of old office furniture to local community groups.
Recovery of food scraps from council office kitchens, as part of Council’s Waste Wise office recycling program.
Introduction of battery, light globe, CDs / DVDs and mobile collection point at the Dandenong Civic Centre.
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