25 tonnes of landfill a year to be diverted from Victoria’s ski regions
Thu 23 February 2017
Tourists visiting Victoria’s major alpine resorts of Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Mt Hotham are found to recycle less than they would at home. This problem, identified by the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group (NEWRRG), was addressed through an educational program and new public recycling infrastructure.
Supported by the Australian Packaging Covenant, NEWRRG has installed over 115 individual bins in parks, central business areas and recreation reserves in the north-east Victorian region. The project resulted in 77% of recyclable materials being diverted from landfill through these systems, compared to 44% in 2015. It is expected that the new systems will help divert approximately 25 additional tonnes of recyclable materials from landfill each year.
The new infrastructure featured recycling stickers saying ‘Do the Right Thing, Use the Right Bin’ which NEWRRG’s project manager Kim Mueller says is important to maintaining consistent messaging about recycling.
“There is a constant need to reinforce the recycling message especially when people are away from home,” Ms Mueller said.
“The best way to do this is to provide infrastructure that is accessible and easily understood by all residents and visitors, which is why projects such as this are so important to the region”.
The popular north-east region covered in this project include the local councils of Alpine Shire, Benalla Rural City, City of Wodonga, Indigo Shire Council and the Rural City of Wangaratta. The resorts of Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Mt Hotham were also provided with specialised bins to facilitate collection above the snow line.
See the final report for more information on how this project significantly improved recycling behaviour of residents and tourists across eight shires and councils.