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Future waste management initiatives

Knox is working with all levels of government and the waste and recycling sector to work toward a more sustainable future for waste and recycling.

Plans for the future of waste in Knox

We are collaborating on the following projects:

Recycling Victoria: a new economy Policy

In 2020, the Victorian Government announced its circular economy policy and action plan which will mean big changes to the services Council provides for our community in the future.

The policy sets out the need for more standard and consistent services, and new service initiatives of food waste services and glass service options. We are currently in the transition planning and consideration stages, and there will be more information to come.

Find out more about Recycling Victoria: a new economic Policy.

Advanced waste processing

The last landfill in our region will close in the next few years. Council has partnered with the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group and other local councils to seek proposals from industry for a smarter way to deal with household rubbish.

The project is looking at advanced waste processing as a vital alternative to landfill by putting rubbish to good use instead of burying it in the ground.

Find out more about the advanced waste processing project.

About advanced waste processing

This initiative uses two main methods to process household rubbish:

  • Waste to energy – uses energy from waste to produce electricity, heat or gas
  • Advanced sorting and separation – extracts hard recyclables (such as metals) and treats food and garden waste to reduce the amount of organic material sent to landfill.

Find out more about advanced waste processing.

Household food waste collection

Knox is considering the introduction of a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service. A decision hasn’t been made on when this service will be implemented.

We are working with other Councils who have recently implemented FOGO services to improve our understanding and help us with the planning and execution of any service change.

The contract we have with our current green waste processor allows for the future receipt of food waste into the green waste process. This will help with any change in service process.

Waste Management Plan (2014-21)

The Waste Management Plan (2014 - 21) guides Knox City Council on all our waste related services.

About the Plan

The Plan has outlined strategies and actions to develop and improve our waste management. The main goal is to reduce rubbish going to landfill and increase recycling.

The Plan was created after extensive consultation between community and Council.

See our Waste Management Plan

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Waste Management team on 9298 8000.

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