environment & waste
Waste Education and Resources
environment & waste
Waste Education and Resources
We are committed to actively encouraging, promoting and supporting best practice waste management in our communities.

Cloth nappy rebates

East Gippsland Shire Council is committed to supporting best waste practices in our communities and is happy to be introducing a rebate on reusable cloth nappies, reusable sanitary products and composting products.

Every year, more than 8600 tonnes of general waste is collected from households across East Gippsland Shire and disposed of in landfill.

Disposable nappies and sanitary products take up valuable space in landfill and are estimated to take up to 500 years to break down.

The good news is that there is an abundance of reusable alternatives on the market including modern cloth nappies, cloth sanitary pads and leakproof underwear. These reusable options can help individuals divert waste from landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money.

We are pleased to offer eligible East Gippsland Shire residents the chance to apply for a rebate of 50 per cent of the purchase price of eligible reusable sanitary products, cloth nappy products or composting products up to a maximum of $40.

Please read the Terms and Conditions on the application form.

You can apply at eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/forms/product-rebate-application-form.

Get a rebate for compost products

Another large component of waste going to landfill is food waste. You can make a difference at home by recycling your food scraps in a compost bin or worm farms.

Our popular Compost Rebate Program is available again and you can apply now, at eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/forms/product-rebate-application-form.

Ban on Single Use Plastic starts 1 February 2023

Gippsland Climate Change Network has been engaging with local businesses affected by the ban; discussing alternatives and explaining recommended actions to prepare for the ban. If your business could use their support, please contact Gippsland Climate Change Network

Banned items are:

• drinking straws

• cutlery including knives, forks, spoons, chopsticks, sporks, splades, food picks and sporks

• plates

• drink stirrers and sticks

• cotton bud sticks

• expanded polystyrene food service items and drink containers. This includes expanded polystyrene plates, cups, bowls, clam shells and any cover or lid that is also made from expanded polystyrene.

The ban applies to businesses and organisations including not-for-profits, government, sports clubs, schools, and others that are incorporated. Some exemptions apply.

It is the responsibility of all Victorian businesses and organisations to comply with the Regulations and not sell or supply certain single-use plastic items, including to patrons or customers.

Council has previously contacted all registered food premises in East Gippsland to advise of the ban and provide some recommendations for alternate products. Council continues to research alternatives.

Sustainability Victoria frequently conducts online Masterclasses for reuse to share experiences and learnings for reuse solutions. These, as well as many other supporting resources, such as flyers, posters and more, can be found on the Sustainability Victoria website.

Most importantly, the National Retailers Association on behalf of DELWP will be hosting weekly information sessions every Friday 11am, for businesses preparing for the single-use plastics ban. Businesses can register to attend.

DELWP also have a dedicated SUP hotline: 1800 844 946

For more information refer to Reducing plastic pollution starts with us.

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School and Early Years Education

There are information kits available with everything you need to know to sort your waste to recycling. The guides have been tailored specifically for education purposes relating to recycling, waste to landfill, food and green waste and circular economy. The kits include an information guide, plus an activity for everyone to enjoy and are available to borrow from our Libraries.

Get Grubby Program –  free sustainability resources for children’s centres and schools. All child-care, day care, family day care and primary schools in East Gippsland are eligible to subscribe to Get Grubby, Australia’s leading online sustainability resource for kids from the makers of ABC Kids series dirtgirlworld and Get Grubby TV.
Led by 50 videos not shown on TV, the program stars dirtgirl, scrapboy and Costa the Garden Gnome.
The course is delivered online and is being provided FREE by Council. It includes videos, music, outdoor and indoor activities; and encourages kids to explore the big world outside. Many of the topics are timed to coincide with key sustainability events such as World Environment Day and National Recycling Week.
With an emphasis on fun, this ‘edutaining’ program is sure to be a hit with our centres and primary schools as they join thousands of kids around Australia to become confident planet-dwellers with the confidence to create worm farms, grow food, recycle, reduce plastic and waste, and be water and energy wise.
Contact the Waste team at Council for our unique code and then go to our Get Grubby login page to get started in your Get Grubby Adventure!

A local school's waste audit. A class emptied a bag of rubbish and separated it into recoverable resource piles, with only one-fifth destined for landfill

Waste in the workplace

Reducing waste in the workplace is not only beneficial for the environment, it can also significantly reduce your overall costs. The war on waste toolkit has been designed by Planet Ark to take businesses step by step through the waste journey. You can audit your current waste generation, review process and make the necessary changes to save money and waste to landfill.

Waste-wise initiatives

Click on the links below to find out more about these great waste initiatives and how you can become more involved.

  1. Clean Up Australia Day is a national event that supports any individual, group, school or business in Australia to participate in collecting litter. Registered Clean Up Australia Day events can now occur all year round and Council will take any Clean Up Australia Day labelled bags for free at any Transfer Station within the shire.
  2. Boomerang Bags is a global movement, connecting and empowering local communities to tackle plastic pollution. Volunteers are donated second-hand material and create reusable shopping bags.
  3. Buy Nothing New Month is an Australian-born initiative that asks everyone to buy nothing new during the month of October. By doing this, you are reducing your consumption, reusing second-hand items and being a role model to the community.
  4. National Recycling Week - early November. Starting in 1996, National Recycling Week aims to expand our knowledge on recycling in Australia.
  5. Plastic Free July invites anyone to pledge to refuse single-use plastic for the month of July. When you choose to make a difference for one month, you can create lifestyle changes to reduce single-use plastics.
  6. Responsible Cafés is an initiative that promotes and supports waste-conscious cafés. Any café that offer discounts to customers who bring their own cup can register for free.
  7. Share Waste connects people within the community who would like to divert food waste away from landfill and those that have the facilities to compost, worm-farm or keep chickens.  
  8. Take 3 for the Sea asks everyone to commit to taking three pieces of litter with them when they are near a waterway, lake or beach to create a healthier marine environment.
  9. Get Grubby Program –  free sustainability resources for children’s centres and schools. All child-care, day care, family day care and primary schools in East Gippsland are eligible to subscribe to Get Grubby, Australia’s leading online sustainability resource for kids from the makers of ABC Kids series dirtgirlworld and Get Grubby TV.
    Led by 50 videos not shown on TV, the program stars Dirtgirl, Scrapboy and Costa the Garden Gnome. The course is delivered online and is being provided FREE by Council. It includes videos, music, outdoor and indoor activities; and encourages kids to explore the big world outside. Many of the topics are timed to coincide with key sustainability events such as World Environment Day and National Recycling Week.
    With an emphasis on fun, this ‘edutaining’ program is sure to be a hit with our centres and primary schools as they join thousands of kids around Australia to become confident planet-dwellers with the confidence to create worm farms, grow food, recycle, reduce plastic and waste, and be water and energy wise.
    Contact the Waste team at Council for our unique code and then go to www.getgrubbyprogram.com/east-gippsland-shire-council-login to get started in your Get Grubby Adventure!

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Friday, December 16, 2022