Waste Actions Planned for 2019

The Waste Action Group met with members of MRSG last Saturday to plan our activities for the coming year.

The Waste Action Group is made up of passionate and concerned local residents who are keen to tackle the enormous problem of waste and littering in our environment. This group is open to all, and there are many ways you can join in. Watch this space as we will be posting about future action days and how you can join the War on Waste.

Waste is a BIG problem and we need you to help!

At the meeting, we decided on the following key Actions for 2019:

1.     Sustainable Living Festival:

We will establish the SLF as a model large-scale waste-free event in the Macedon Ranges. This will be achieved through:

Wash against Waste van and crockery

Guidelines for Exhibitors

Food waste collection

Gathering and presenting data on waste diverted from landfill

2.     Woodend Farmer’s Market:

We will establish the WFM as a model for other Macedon Ranges Farmer’s Markets and other market events to become waste-free.

Conduct a basic waste audit to gather initial data.

Wash against Waste van and crockery

Guidelines for Vendors

Instigate a Vendor bulk buying scheme for plastic-free packaging items (compostable cups, paper straws, paper bags etc)

Promote MRSG recycling collection point for batteries and Terracycle

Food waste collection

Follow up with a waste audit in 12 months to compare data.  

3.     Campaigns

  • Education: What Goes Where?

Build recycling information display boards to display at SLF, Farmer’s Market, Coles, Library and other locations; promote correct recycling streams, litter awareness and ways to reduce household waste.

  • Direct Action: Clean Up The Ranges

Hold community clean-ups, photograph and post to social media, local press engagement, target specific locations: schools, construction sites, public parks and reserves, target specific litter: plastic bottles, coffee cups, chip packets, sauce containers, straws.

  • Lobbying: We Want a Container Deposit Scheme.

Petitions, photos & videos sent to MP & local government offices.

  • Community Engagement: What Can I Do?

Promote & support ideas and events in association with Clean Up Australia Day, National Recycling Week, Earth Day, Plastic-Free July, Buy Nothing New Month etc. 

4.     Advocacy & Leadership:

Engage with Council to end single-use plastics at events. E.g. phasing in conditions for event permits. 

Engage with Western Water and Coliban Water to increase public water fountains in the Macedon Ranges.

Lobby Council to provide a recycling & organics collection service to small businesses - it's the cheapest way to boost business recycling in a small town.

Visit Schools, Kinders & Community Groups and talk about waste, litter & recycling.

Engage with Council to target illegal dumping e.g. Introduce an annual Hard Waste amnesty.

Run a program of making and learning sessions: DIY waste-free living.

5.     Partnerships:

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group

Macedon Ranges Libraries

Landcare Groups

Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery

Sustainable Hepburn Assn

Kyneton Transition Hub

Malmsbury Climate Action

Riddells Creek Transition Town

Macedon Ranges Food Banks

Op Shops

Woodend, Lancefield and Romsey Community Lunches

Woodend Community Bags

Kyneton & Lancefield Boomerang Bags

Woodend Repair Café

Local Men’s Sheds

Whole Town Garage Sales & Car Boot Sales

Transfer Station tip shops