Beyond Zero Waste Strategy

The Shire’s ambitious 10-year plan to send zero waste to landfill includes a variety of actions: households will be able to add food waste in their green waste bins, receive rebates on reusable nappies and discounts on composting systems.

There will be more recycling bins in public places, community drop off hubs for textiles and small electrical items, a local waste innovation fund to support communities and businesses to reduce, reuse and recycle and incentives to reduce household waste.

The Beyond Zero Waste Strategy 2030 innovative, cost effective and accessible waste and litter management services will achieve maximum landfill diversion.

Single-use Plastic Policy

Single use plastics? There are better choices!

Often, we opt for single-use plastics out of habit, even though we know how bad they are for our precious environment. Mornington Peninsula Shire is changing that. As an organisation, we are phasing out the use of single-use plastics in our offices, halls, sporting clubs, events and Shire managed land. We have developed a resource kit for community use, and we encourage every Mornington Peninsula resident and business to join us in working towards a single-use plastic free Peninsula by 2023.

On 25 August 2020, Council adopted the Single-use plastic Policy.

Download: Single-use Plastic Policy

As a coastal community, the protection of our bays, creeks and ocean is integral to ensuring that our wildlife thrive and that we continue to support the health and wellbeing of our residents and visitors.

Mornington Peninsula Shire has committed to sending zero waste to landfill by 2030. Part of this vision is to phase out problematic single-use plastics. By working together, we can make a huge impact on the consumption of single-use plastics. Every action counts!

Reducing single-use plastics not only benefits us, but also the Peninsula. By reducing packaging, businesses will save money and stand out to their customers as an environmentally friendly business committed to change.

Eliminating single-use plastics doesn’t have to be hard. Start small and work your way through the list in our handy guide to help make plastic free choices.

Key actions within the Beyond Zero Waste Strategy 2030 and Single-use Plastic Policy in the next few years are:

  • Continue to work with our active community groups and members to help grow their impact
  • Incentives to assist households to avoid waste such as composting and nappy rebates
  • Increased recycling bins in public places
  • Recycling education campaign
  • Community textiles and electronic waste (e-waste) recycling hubs
  • Food waste collection from July 2021
  • Standardised bin lid colours and introduction of a glass recovery service
  • Continuation of support for Businesses to voluntarily phase out problematic plastics
  • Plastic free events on Council land and buildings
  • Proactive illegal dumping investigations
  • Peninsula wide litter campaigns
  • Closure of Rye landfill with only waste that can’t be reused, repurposed or recycled sent to a best practice Alternative Waste Treatment facility