‘Think tank’ to guide future waste strategy


A ‘THINK tank’ discussion to help guide the direction of Mornington Peninsula Shire’s waste review will be held tomorrow night (Wednesday 24 April) at the Rosebud council chambers. 

It comes as the state government drags its feet on waste recovery and recycling processes following the ban on collections from China.

The think tank is part of a push by the council to hear community ideas while developing a waste strategy that reflects industry changes as well as supporting the community, shire operations and the environment. 

The forward planning committee meeting will guide the direction of the council’s waste review.  

Recommendations from the meeting will go to the next council meeting for consideration. Anyone wanting to make a three minute verbal submission must RSVP.

The mayor Cr David Gill said the council would develop a strategy with community input while continuing its advocacy to the state government. “We want to hear from our community on this important issue that impacts us all,” he said.

“Council will be bringing together all ideas from everyday actions to innovation, on everything waste and recycling.

“We will continue to advocate to the state government that it address the recycling crisis via the Municipal Association of Victoria and exploring waste to energy technology in partnership with other metropolitan councils.”

Cr Simon Brooks, who represents the council at the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Forum, said while council was seeking action from all levels of government, members of the community can make changes at a local level. “You can take action in your own home by understanding what waste you generate, how you can avoid it in the first place, and how you can reduce your impact on our environment.”

The forward planning committee meeting will be held at the shire offices, 90 Besgrove Street, Rosebud, at 6.30pm.

To speak RSVP to waste.strategy@mornpen.vic.gov.au

To view the shire’s current waste strategy visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/ourwastefuture

Green waste disposal

RESIDENTS and ratepayers can dispose of green waste for free at Mornington Peninsula Shire’s transfer stations on 3, 4 and 5 May.

Green waste includes all types of garden waste and untreated timber, which must be brought to transfer stations by residential vehicles and trailers only. No commercial vehicles or commercial green waste will be accepted.

Proof of residency is required, such as a driver’s licence with a current address or current rates notice.

Delays can be expected at the transfer stations, particularly at the beginning and end of each day. Consider using the Tyabb site to avoid delays at Mornington. The Mornington tip can accept only up to three cubic metres of green waste per trip.

Transfer stations are at Truemans Road, Rye; McKirdys Road, Tyabb, and Watt Road, Mornington. Opening hours are 8am-4pm Friday and 8am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Residents living in the “urban area” of the shire can also pay extra for a 240 litre fortnightly kerbside green waste bin collection. 

Details: call 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000 or visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/greenwaste

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 23 April 2019


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