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Public Place Recycling in the Buloke Shire

Recycling Away from Home
Buloke residents and visitors are encouraged to recycle while away from home with new recycling bins and surrounds being installed in towns across the Shire.
The Buloke Shire Council in partnership with the Australian Packaging Covenant and Sustainability Victoria, are rolling out a project that will see the installation and promotion of public place recycling (PPR) infrastructure in the towns of Charlton, Sea Lake and Wycheproof on the Calder Highway and also the townships of Donald and Birchip along the Sunraysia Highway. These bins will provide an environmentally and efficient service to allow the community and visitors to separate resources at these sites, in particular packaging.
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Reducing litter
A reduction in litter is anticipated across the Shire with an increase in the number of waste and recycling bins accessible by the public. This campaign will improve the aesthesis of towns by keeping litter out of gardens, gutters and streets as well as minimising environmental impacts of wrongfully discarded items.

Unwanted batteries? Recycle them in Boort!

Battery Recycle has landed at the Boort Community Resource and Information Centre!

Residents can now drop off used alkaline and rechargeable household batteries in the pink bin located at the Centre and ensure that the toxic materials found in batteries are diverted from landfill.

The Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group’s program was established in 2011 and has diverted over 550 kilograms of batteries from landfill!

“Batteries contain toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead, which can be harmful to the environment when disposed of to landfill. The metals can leak from the battery and contaminate soil and groundwater,” said CMRWMG Executive Officer Karen Fazzani.

“Battery Recycle offers Boort residents a safe, and easy way of disposing of household batteries,” Ms Fazzani said.

Boort Community Resource and Information Centre Manager Alister McDougal is happy to provide a collection point for the program.

“We’re really happy to participate in the program, and encourage all local residents to drop off their used batteries in our new bright pink bin,” stated Mr McDougal.

Household batteries are also being collected at the Wedderburn Hardware and Inglewood Champions IGA.

The pink bin will accept all alkaline (single use) and rechargeable batteries including Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Lithium Ion (Li-Ion).  These rechargeable batteries are commonly found in mobile phones, video cameras, digital cameras, cordless phone, portable electric shavers, cordless power tools, laptop computers, palm pilots, remote controlled toys, portable video games and portable disc players.

For further information please contact Karen Fazzani on 5494 3711 or visit www.cmrwmg.vic.gov.au/kerbsidepride

Wycheproof Battery Recycling

Battery Recycle has been extended to include a collection point at the Wycheproof Community Resource Centre.

Residents can now drop off used alkaline and rechargeable household batteries in the pink bin located at Centre and ensure that the toxic materials found in batteries are diverted from landfill.

“We are pleased to be able to extend the program, and offer Wycheproof residents a safe, and easy way of disposing of household batteries,” said CMRWMG Executive Officer Karen Fazzani.

“Batteries contain toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead, which can be harmful to the environment when disposed of to landfill. The metals can leak from the battery and contaminate soil and groundwater,” Ms Fazzani said.

Wycheproof Community Resource Manager Whitney Boyle is happy to provide a collection point for the program.

“We’re really happy to participate in the program, and encourage all Wycheproof residents to drop off their used batteries in our new bright pink bin,” stated Ms Boyle.

Established in 2011, the Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group program has diverted over 500 kilograms of batteries from landfill!

Household batteries are also being collected at the Donald Community Centre and Sea Lake Newsagency.

The pink bin will accept all alkaline (single use) and rechargeable batteries including Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Lithium Ion (Li-Ion).  These rechargeable batteries are commonly found in mobile phones, video cameras, digital cameras, cordless phone, portable electric shavers, cordless power tools, laptop computers, palm pilots, remote controlled toys, portable video games and portable disc players.

For further information please contact Karen Fazzani on 5494 3711 or visit www.cmrwmg.vic.gov.au

In Three Words Winners Announced

Kerang’s Julie Gottke took out the major prize, an iPad, in the Central Murray Regional Waste Management Groups ‘In Three Words’ competition.

Julie’s winning entry ‘Reuse = Reduce = Reward’ was inspired by the community spirit of her local Country Women’s Association and Uniting Church Groups.

“When I first moved to Kerang I joined the local Uniting Church and began making goodies to share on Sundays.”

“I could get the ingredients without any trouble, but I didn’t have any containers.”

“The ladies shared their ideas with me, such as reusing old meat trays among other things,” recalled Ms Gottke.

Julie explained that reusing equals reduced waste, and that the environment is rewarded for it.

The prize for the entry with the most votes went to Jacob and Michael Olive of Charlton for their entry ‘Yes We Can!’.

Jacob and Michael are keen Bob the Builder fans who have learnt a lot about reducing, reusing and recycling from watching the popular kids program.

The great young ambassadors won themselves a worm farm and JB Hi-Fi voucher for their incredible 57 votes!!

Thank you to everyone that participated, the entries were all terrific!

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Take Pride in Kerbside Recycling!

As part of an ongoing effort to decrease waste to landfill, the Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group has partnered with the City of Greater Bendigo to deliver Take Pride in Kerbside Recycling!

The campaign aims to get recycling out of the rubbish bin and increase confidence in the recycling system.

The City of Greater Bendigo Manager Sustainable Environment Robyn Major, said the campaign will increase resident’s awareness of the recycling process and its importance.

“Landfills have a limited lifespan, and recycling offers a sustainable waste management alternative.

“The City of Greater Bendigo encourages everyone to recycle as much as possible to lessen the amount of waste sent to landfill and the impact on the environment,” stated Ms Major.

CMRWMG Executive Officer Karen Fazzani hopes the campaign alters recycling perceptions.

“Social research undertaken by the Victorian Government found that almost half of those surveyed were not always confident that what they put out for recycling was actually recycled.

“We hope to alter that perception by explaining what happens to our recyclables after being collected at the kerbside,” stated Ms Fazzani.

Materials collected for recycling from the kerbside are taken to a Materials Recovery Facility, or MRF, for sorting, baling and sending to recyclers for reprocessing.

Oil Filter Recycle

Next time you change your oil filter, dispose of it responsibly and recycle it for free at a collection site near you!

The Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group (CMRWMG) and its Member Councils have recently invested in a used oil filter crusher to enable Landfill and Transfer Station operators to separate residual oil from the metal filter casing and send both to recyclers to be turned into new products.

“A number of years ago used oil filters were prohibited from being disposed of to landfill for two reasons,” stated CMRWMG Chairperson Neville Goulding.

“One, the disposal of liquid waste, in this case automotive oil, to landfill is prohibited for environmental reasons, and two, the waste oil, metal filter casing and cardboard filter materials are all recyclable.”

“Prompted to find a solution to deal with the issue, and continue to divert recyclable materials, the Group has invested in this new initiative,” explained Mr Goulding.

The oil filter crusher will be available on a rotating roster at sites within each of the CMRWMG’s Member Councils, where domestic used oil filters dropped off by members of the public will be sent for recycling.

For more information on this initiative, search for Oil Filter Recycle under ‘Special Programs’.

4.5 Stars for Waste Management Group

Congratulations were heralded on May 7th as sustainability leaders, the Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group (CMRWMG) were presented with a certificate of recognition in Sustainability Victoria’s 5StarSustainability program for government.

The Group was awarded an outstanding 4.5, from a possible 5 stars due to an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability.

Sustainability Victoria’s Simon Clay presented the award to Executive Officer Karen Fazzani and CMRWMG Chairperson Neville Goulding on behalf of CEO Stan Krpan who, in his absence conveyed his congratulations to the Group for their significant achievement in writing.

“This is the highest certified score by a government agency to date and represents not only a great example for others in your sector, but across the whole of Victoria.”

“…not only are you at leading practise in your own operations but you are actively working with your stakeholders to help them to reduce their impacts,” commended Mr Krpan.

CMRWMG Executive Officer Karen Fazzani is delighted at the Groups recognition.

“We have worked hard to ensure constant progression towards our environmental targets,” commented Ms Fazzani.

“Our policies reflect the Groups dedication to sustainability through all of our operations.”

5StarSustainability for Government rates an organisation’s current environmental performance and sets them on the way to sustainability leadership.

Murray Valley Highway Litter Project

The Adopt-a-Roadside program is a great way for individuals, organisations, or businesses to help maintain litter free sections of Victoria’s roadside network.

Cleaner roadsides have many positive effects, such as reducing pollutants from entering waterways, improving the quality of remnant vegetation as well as the improved aesthetics of the area.

In partnership with Sustainability Victoria and Keep Australia Beautiful, Resource GV and the North East and Central Murray Regional Waste Management Groups are working together to both promote this great initiative, and investigate the amount of litter generated along our region’s roads.

The project will collate litter loads across multiple sites to gauge the amount of litter present. These sites will be re-audited over the year to assess how much litter is being generated annually.

CMRWMG Executive Officer Karen Fazzani regards roadside litter as a significant issue across Victoria.

“By providing consistent and accurate data, this project will gauge the extent of the problem.

“It will also look at the effectiveness of educational programs developed to improve these behaviours,” stated Ms Fazzani.

The project, targeting the Murray Valley Highway which links tourist destinations between the Murray River and the high country, aims to increase Adopt-a-Roadside exposure, build baseline litter records and use gathered data to inform decision making for future educational programs.

Members of the public who witness littering from cars are urged to report the offence to the EPA’s litter report line 1300 372 842.

Gannawarra Says: Junk Mail No More

Say goodbye to unwanted junk mail, and recycle it!

Unwanted junk mail delivered to post office boxes can now be recycled, thanks to the installation of recycling bins and surrounds outside of post offices across the Gannawarra Shire.

Installation of Council’s ‘Junk Mail No More’ project recycling bins and surrounds began in late 2011 at Cohuna, Leitchville, Quambatook, Lalbert, Lake Charm, Murrabit and Koondrook.

Funded by the Victorian Government, ‘Junk Mail No More’ builds on the success of previous public place recycling projects, to further increase the diversion of recyclables from landfill.

As well as junk mail, items such as aluminium cans, plastic bottles, newspapers and glass bottles can now be collected on the streets and recovered for recycling. Previously these items went straight to landfill.

Councillor Neville Goulding considers giving the community an alternative to throwing everything into a waste bin whilst out and about as critical to further promoting a culture of recycling.

“Recycling bins in public spaces are great for the community; who want to be able to recycle away from home”.

“The Junk Mail No More project brings us a step closer to ensuring recycling is a common practise,” remarked Cr Goulding.

It is hoped that contamination of recycling bins by food and other non-recyclables such as plastic bags, food wrappers, polystyrene cups and left over food, continues to be low.

If high levels of contamination is present in recycling bins their contents will unfortunately be sent to landfill.