In a world-first trial, Moonee Valley residents will be able to dispose of household items including broken toys, games, cookware, mobile phones and even plastic bags, safe in the knowledge that they wont be contributing to the countrys landfill.
Mayor, Cr Ben Opie, said the new scheme allowed residents to place these unwanted household items in their recycling bins, where they would be collected, sorted, and in many cases given a new life as recycled items such as fence posts to replace the treated pine fence posts currently used on farms.
This initiative, if successful, has the potential to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by up to 4,000 tonnes per year, Cr Opie said.
Branded Re-new, the initiative has received significant support and funding from Sustainability Victoria and other industry groups. It will be rolled out across Moonee Valleys 48,000 households in May.
Residents will receive four separate orange coloured bags to use for the Re-new collection. The largest bag is for clothing and textiles and the remaining three bags are for printer cartridges, mobile phones and household products such as toys, games, books, ornaments, vases, cookware, and other household plastic items. More….