Future waste initiatives in Cardinia Shire

We're always looking at smarter ways to manage waste. We need waste managament that reflects industry changes, and supports our environment and growing community.


We've partnered with other south-east Melbourne coucils to seek proposals from the waste industry for a smarter way to deal with household rubbish.

  • Landfills in South-east Melbourne are filling up and with no more planned to be built, if an alternative to landfill isn’t found, large amounts of waste will need to be transported across Melbourne to other landfill sites for disposal.
  • Cardinia Shire Council has formed a company with other councils to deliver an advanced waste processing alternative to landfill.
  • South East Metropolitan Advanced Waste Processing Pty Ltd, will help councils deliver an advanced waste processing facility to process household rubbish instead of burying it in landfill.
  • Together we’ll deliver a vital alternative to landfill that will transform how household rubbish is managed through the South East Metropolitan Advanced Waste Processing project. 

More info: A smarter solution to landfill – Advanced Waste Processing

  • A new and easy way to recycle drink containers is coming to Victoria in 2023. 
  • The Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) will complement Victoria’s household waste collection system by making it easier to recycle when you’re away from home.
  • A 10-cent refund is given for every eligible drink container – cans, cartons, and bottles – returned to a refund collection point.
  • The scheme will provide shared benefits to the community, environment and economy by delivering; better recycling - cleaner stream, less waste - old containers become new ones, less litter - cut by up to half, and new jobs and economic opportunities across Victoria.

More info: Victoria's Container Deposit Scheme

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.

  • As part of the Recycling Victoria strategy, we're working towards meeting the outlined objectives, one of which is the rollout of a glass collection service by 2027.
  • The glass collection service outlines several proposed options, such as providing drop-off points for glass items, a container deposit scheme or a fourth household bin.
  • Glass currently only makes up a small percentage of overall waste in Cardinia Shire and while it can sometimes contaminate other recyclables, this is not currently a major concern for our recycling processor.
  • We're looking into the different options available to ensure glass recycling can be managed effectively throughout the shire as well as how this system would work alongside the Victorian container deposit scheme
  • At this stage, only 2 metropolitan councils have provided glass collection bins on a trial basis. We'll be looking to those trial results to determine the best option for Cardinia Shire.
  • You'll be notified before any changes are made and there will also be a state-wide education campaign around what can go in each bin.

More info: Victorian four bin waste and recycling system

Our existing waste rebates have been expanded to include cloth nappies and reusable sanitary items. You can find more details and apply for a rebate at our rebate page.  This is an action in our Waste and Resource Recovery Action Plan (2017-21). 

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

For more information on the type of technology being proposed, read the Advanced Waste Processing Technical Fact Sheet.

More info: Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group

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