Future waste initiatives in Cardinia Shire

We are always looking at the way we manage waste to make sure it reflects industry changes, and best supports the environment and our growing community.


All new rubbish bins and bin lid repairs are being supplied with red lids, so they are in line with the Australian National Standard for bin colours. Using a standard colour has been shown to be less confusing for people, and increases the chance of materials going in the right bin. 

If you have a dark green lid: You'll have this until your bin needs replacing. This gradual changeover will significantly reduce costs and plastic waste.

Creating ways to stop food waste from going to landfill is a priority for Council, and is included in our Council Plan, Liveability Plan and Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy.

A business case to allow food scraps to be included in the green waste bin is being put together, with the service due to start late-2020. We will run a comprehensive education campaign before the service starts, so you know how to use the service.  

We are currently looking into possible Advanced Waste Processing (AWP) solutions (alternatives to landfill) in the south east. Such alternatives will help to manage waste that would otherwise go to landfill. Waste to energy is just one of the options being considered.

To do this, we are partnering with other south-east councils in a group partnership led by the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG). 

For more information go to the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group website

Our bin education program will start towards the end of 2019, for an initial 12-month trial period. A representative will be out on the streets answering your waste questions, letting you know what goes in which bin, rewarding those doing the right thing and helping households who are still a bit unsure. Now, more than ever, it is important that we all do our bit to ensure our waste goes in the right bin.

We are putting together a business case for a cloth nappy rebate. This is an action in our Waste and Resource Recovery Action Plan (2017-21). 

When this rebate is available, we will let you know. 

We are working with Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) and 60 other Victorian Councils on a group contract for recycling services. By working together, larger contracts can encourage investment in recycling infrastructure and technology, and attract new candidates to the Victorian recycling sector. For more information visit the Metropolitan Waste and Recovery Resource Group website

For more information on our future waste projects, read Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy (2017-21).