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Council is embarking on preparation of a new waste strategy. This will address a broad range of issues including bin sizes and collection frequency, hard waste, green waste and recycling services in rural and urban areas, operations of transfer stations, and more. Background information can be found here

A Steering Committee has been established to assist in developing the strategy and held its first meeting Tuesday 27 June 2017. The steering committee will meet approximately monthly to develop the details of the engagement process to capture the community’s views regarding the waste strategy, identify and assess options for changes to the provision of waste services, and through this, assist in the development of the draft strategy to present to Council.

Committee members include:

  • HRCC Representatives - Cr Grimble, John Martin, Jared Hammond, Kelvin Howe, Wendy Lynch
  • Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group - La Vergne Lehmann
  • Waste Operators - Daryl Hobbs, Mick Morris
  • Community Representatives - David Bowe, Rhonda Coffey, David Pratt, Steven Schultz.


The following issues were identified in the discussion with the Committee

  • What can be done with the bulk of green waste
    • What can be put in recycling bins?
    • New packaging – how does this fit into recycling?
    • Could you have different coloured bags for different items then put them in bin.
    • Use of plastic supermarket bags. Horsham is trying to introduce boomerang bags.
    • Food waste is biggest waste to landfill – something needs to be done about this.
    • Could be a separate bin for glass?
    • More education on recycling.
    • Adaptation of services for people with limited abilities.
    • Options for green waste, including a kerbside collection service, which could be voluntary or compulsory, or a free drop off service at transfer stations.
    • Options for hard waste, including kerbside collection, vouchers for disposal at the transfer station, improved recovery options for these at transfer stations. There are other councils that have a phone in service for elderly and others who don’t have access to a vehicle.
    • How the range of waste and recoverable materials streams will be managed.
    • Rural recycling and clean up around farms
    • A review of bin sizes and / or collection frequency.
    • Expansion of garbage and recycling collection services in rural areas.
    • Operation of Kenny Road and rural transfer stations at Jung, Pimpinio, Toolondo, Mt Zero and Quantong (e.g. opening hours/days).
    • Whether there should be a transfer station at Natimuk.
    • The annual garage sale trail event.
    • Recycling at community and sporting events.
    • Review of the design of the Kenny Road transfer station, including the ability for additional categories of materials to be recovered.
    • Opportunities to reduce the cost of operation of Dooen Landfill.
    • Container deposit schemes – other states have these.
    • Tip vouchers.

 The committee are seeking comments on the issues identified above until 21 July (to enable these to be complied before next meeting) but will accept late comments up until the next meeting on 25 July. Please email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or post Attn: John Martin, Technical Services Director, Horsham Rural City Council, PO BOX 511, Horsham, Vic, 3402. 


27 June 2017


12 July 2017