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WASTE AND
RESOURCES

Imagine a city with clean public places where resources are used efficiently, resulting in lower costs, less waste and healthy local environments.

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:

  • Achieving Silver Accreditation as part of Sustainability Victoria’s Waste Wise Council program
  • Recycling of operational waste handled through Council’s Operation Centre, including green waste, steel and batteries.

CORPORATE OBJECTIVES
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Waste to Landfill
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TARGET
Total Waste to Landfill = 35%
BASELINE
Total Waste to Landfill = 54% (2014)
PERFORMANCE
Total Waste to Landfill = 51% (2018)

WR - 1.1 Waste to Landfill

Reduce the amount of total waste sent to landfill from Dandenong Civic Centre and Operations Centre

TARGET
Total Waste to Landfill = 35%
BASELINE
Total Waste to Landfill = 54% (2014)
PERFORMANCE
Total Waste to Landfill = 51% (2018)

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

  • An decrease on the 15.6 tonnes in 2017
  • A decrease on the baseline of 28.5 tonnes

- From this waste sent to landfill equaled 51%

  • An increase of 2% compared to 2017
  • A decrease from 54% recorded in 2014

Figure WR-1.1b shows that of the waste placed in the garbage bins at Council offices:

  • 42% could have been recycled
  • 21% could have been composted

While overall waste levels have fallen compared with the previous year, there are still further opportunities to divert office waste from landfill.

Highlights
Reduce the amount of total waste sent to landfill from Dandenong Civic Centre and Operations Centre

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.

Current Actions
  • Implementation of the recycling program for batteries, light globes, CDs, DVDs and mobiles at Council’s offices and other customer service areas.
    2017-18 (Ongoing)
    Infrastructure Services & Planning
  • Implementation of Council’s Waste Wise office recycling program.
    Ongoing
    Infrastructure Services & Planning
Completed Actions
  • Promotion of Council’s Waste Wise office program.
  • Annual audit of Council Offices to track waste sent to landfill and identify opportunities to reduce waste.
  • Provision of recycling bins in Council offices.
  • Provision of composting bins and collection service within Council’s offices.
  • Ongoing promotion through Council’s website and promotional material.
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Recycling and Re-use
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Resource Efficiency
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Sustainable Procurement
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COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES
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Waste to Landfill
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Recycling and Re-use
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Litter Prevention
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Planning
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Awareness
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