Draft Towards Zero Waste Strategy 2021-2030 - Public submissions are now closed.


The draft Towards Zero Waste Strategy 2021-2030 was written to outline our proposed vision on waste management over the next 10 years.

The draft plan included a list of actions that will help us to meet our goals through three key areas: waste avoidance, resource recovery and environmental protection.

We gathered community feedback on the proposed action plan and overall vision which concluded on Sunday 28 February 2021, and are pleased to announce that with that feedback we have received council has adopted the:

Rethinking Waste Plan 2021-2030


The Rethinking Waste Plan 2021-2030 presents a new approach to managing waste in the City of Whittlesea. The plan will support our community to become a leader in sustainable living and guide Council's waste management and resource recovery services to the community.

The plan, which features 34 actions to be implemented over the next 10 years, was developed in response to changes in the waste and recycling industry and community expectations. Developed with input from residents, local businesses, industry and students, the Rethinking Waste Plan has set a number of targets including reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill by 68,000 tonnes each year and reducing the amount of waste generated per person by 20 per cent by 2030.

We will work towards becoming a low waste city, with three goals in mind:

AVOID: to avoid waste generation

RECOVER: value waste as a resource by recovering and recycling as much as possible and encourage repair, reuse and recycle principles

PROTECT: to protect the health and safety of our community and the environment from the impacts of waste.

Key actions of the plan include:

  • Introducing a residential glass recycling service by 2023
  • Providing rebates for reusable nappies, sanitary products and composting tools
  • Rolling out community recycling stations at all Council facilities
  • Extending the food and garden waste service municipal wide by 2024
  • Continue to advocate for reduced consumer packaging
  • Support local businesses to minimise waste, use recycled materials in manufacturing and encourage local partnerships
  • Providing ongoing community education programs on waste avoidance and resource recovery.

Read more at Councils main website.

Find out more about upcoming Victorian Government changes to better support waste and recycling: