Our Programs

There are a huge range of education projects that have been launched by the LMWRRG to help people manage their waste better and stop it going straight to landfill.

Follow the links below to find out more and get in touch with us if you would like more information or to get involved with some of the programs.


  • Battery Recycling

    The LMWRRG has so far collected over 2,200kg of used household batteries from across the region.

    The program expanded in early 2015 to include two new collection points in Castlemaine at the Mount Alexander Council Shire office and The Mount Alexander Sustainability Group office with these two collection points already collecting over 130kg of batteries.

  • Blinky Bulb

    Blinky Bulb was created with the intention of tackling the 10,000 tonnes of mercury contaminated waste that goes into landfills across Australia every year.

    Though the program itself has now closed the group was successful in establishing light bulb recycling stations throughout the region where people can drop off bulbs that have come to the end of their working lives.

    Visit your councils waste management pages to find a recycling point near you.

  • Camera Recycling

    LMWRRG supports Camera Recycle Australia to recycle old, broken or unwanted cameras. The group have supported businesses within the region to set up recycling points where people can bring their cameras and drop them off free of charge.

  • Detox Your Home

    Toxic household chemicals, such as solvents, poisons, cleaning products, fertiliser and car care products, can be safely disposed, at no cost, on ‘Detox your Home’ collection days throughout the Loddon Mallee region. Collected items are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.

    The ‘Detox your Home’ service is for household chemicals only.

  • drumMUSTER

    drumMUSTER is a national program that collects and recycles clean, empty farm chemical containers.

    Through ongoing successful collections farmers in the Loddon Mallee region have returned more than 343,000 drums to the 23 collection points established across the region over 4 years.

  • e-recycling

    Recycling e-waste is a growing priority for both the LMWRRG and the state and federal governments.

    Currently e-waste can be dropped off free of charge at most transfer stations across the Loddon Mallee region (but check with your local council first).

  • Food Smart

    The ‘Let’s Get Food Smart Program’ is part of LMWRRG’s Kerbside Pride program. Its aim is to educate residents about saving time, money and the environment by reducing the amount of food waste going to landfill.

    The program involves a series of workshops delivered to interested groups and informs them of more efficient ways of buying, storing, cooking and disposing of food so that less is thrown away.

  • Get it Sorted

    Get It Sorted focuses on educating the public about the correct way to use resource recovery centres and sorting your load to ensure you recycle as much as you can.

    Often transfer station will not charge for recyclable items to be dropped off and so, by sorting your load into recyclables and non-recyclable, facility patrons are able to save money as they don’t have to pay for the whole load to go to landfill.

  • Kerbside Pride

    A number of resources have been developed to help households tackle the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

    TV, radio and newspaper advertising helps people understand what can be recycled, what happens to recycling once it has been collected from the kerbside bin and better ways of dealing with organic waste.

    Food Smart is a Kerbside Pride program that aims to inform residents about reducing their household costs by wasting less food by buying, storing, cooking and disposing of food smartly.

  • Oil Filter Recycling

    Automotive oil filters were banned from landfills a number of years ago due to the environmental hazard of automotive oil; they are also fully recyclable.

    Oil filter crushers remove residual oil whilst crushing the metal filter casing. Both of these materials can then be sent off to a recycler to be turned into new products.

    Go to the waste management pages on your councils website to find out whether they are able to recycle oil filters.

  • Plasback

    The LMWRRG supports the silage wrap recycling initiative Plasback in partnership with its member Councils and Tapex.

    It is estimated that over 8,000 tonnes of fodder conservation plastics are used in Australia each year. Plasback features a specific liner system that ensures a clean and segregated waste stream. The liners are clear so that any foreign matter and contamination can be easily detected.

    By using separate liners, the recycling of silage wrap is able to occur in Australia instead of sending it to China to be processed.

  • Plastic Bag Free Town

    The Loddon Mallee region now has over 30 plastic bag free towns. Together they have saved over five million plastic bags from being sent to landfill or becoming litter and damaging our local environment.

    The towns currently involved are: Berriwillock, Beverford, Birchip, Boort, Boundary Bend, Bridgewater, Charlton, Cohuna, Culgoa, Dingee, Donald, Inglewood, Korong Vale, Lake Boga, Lalbert, Leitchville, Manangatang, Mitiamo, Newbridge, Nullawil, Nyah, Nyah West, Piangil, Pyramid Hill, Quambatook, Sea Lake, Serpentine, Tarnagulla, Ultima, Wedderburn, Woorinen South and Wycheproof.

  • ResourceSmart

    ResourceSmart Schools is a Victorian Government initiative that helps schools benefit from embedding sustainability in everything they do.

    LMWRRG is the lead agency for the Loddon Mallee ResourceSmart consortium and is currently working with over 60 schools across the region to help them complete the program and become a 5 star school.

  • Secure Your Load

    To reduce roadside litter, the LMWRRG and its member Councils are encouraging residents to always ‘Secure Your Load’ when visiting waste facilities.

    According to a survey conducted in the region, nearly one in every ten loads entering waste facilities in the region is not secured. Roadside litter from unsecured loads is a bigger problem than most people may realise. A Sustainability Victoria study showed that over 10,000 tonnes of litter is removed from Victorian roadsides every year at a cost of approximately $2.3 million annually.