Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has taken another step towards eliminating waste and single-use plastics on the Peninsula after adopting its Single-Use Plastic Policy and Beyond Zero Waste Strategy 2030 last night.
The strategy is part of the council’s commitment to sending zero waste directly to landfill by 2030 and phasing out single-use plastics. In a statement it said: “Mornington Peninsula Shire has been a leader in best practice waste management for over a decade. With the adopted policy and strategy in place, we can look to an innovative and progressive future where waste is repurposed, recycled or reused and single-use plastics are eliminated.”
To help achieve its goal, the council now allows households to add food waste to their green waste bins and has introduced rebates on reusable nappies, discounts on composting systems and incentives on reducing waste. It has increased the number of recycling bins in public spaces, created community drop-off hubs for textiles and small electrical items, and introduced a local waste innovation fund to help communities and businesses reduce, reuse and recycle. Residual waste will be sent to an alternative waste treatment centre to be turned into energy.
You can view the council’s policy and strategy here.