City of Melbourne: Public housing recycling service trial

In 2012, the City of Melbourne received funding from the Metropolitan Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Fund to undertake a large scale project to improve recycling systems in residential apartment buildings. The fund provided $175,635 to improve the amount and quality of recycling collected from high rise buildings in the City of Melbourne.

A total of 101 buildings with more than 20,500 apartments participated in the High Rise Recycling Project, also known as Recycle Now.

This represents almost 40 per cent of the total number of dwellings in the municipality (53,412 in 2010). The project had two phases: a pilot in Southbank (May – October 2012) and roll-out across the municipality (November 2012 – August 2013).

The project involved:

  • an initial site visit to each building to assess the recycling system, inspect bins and identify improvement opportunities
  • confirmation of actions for the City of Melbourne and the building using a ‘building recommendations and commitment form’
  • assistance to implement improvements, including infrastructure, signage and educational materials
  • a follow-up site visit to re-assess the recycling system and identify any further changes that needed to be made.

Key results from the project included:

  • The recycling rate, the volume of recycling and cardboard bins collected as a proportion of all bins collected each week, increased from 32.1 to 34.8 per cent, an average increase of 2.7 percentage points across the participating buildings.
  • The average contamination in audited recycling bins decreased from 25 to 15 per cent. This was primarily due to the proportion of the material in the bins that was recycling in plastic bags, which decreased by 9 percent.

 

Project resources:

  • Recycle Now case study - Melbourne Case Study 190 KB

    This case study outlines the activities, outcomes and recommendations for the Melbourne City Council 'Recycle Now' project. This Metro Fund Round 1 project aimed to successfully introduce new recycling infrastructure together with community engagement activities, to maximise uptake of recycling behaviours within public housing.

  • Recycle Now Toolkit - Melbourne Toolkit 381 KB

    This photo highlights the project collateral/promotional items toolkit used to engage residents through the Melbourne City Council 'Recycle Now' project. This Metro Fund Round 1 project aimed to successfully introduce new recycling infrastructure together with community engagement activities, to maximise uptake of recycling behaviours within public housing.

  • Remember to recycle (English) Recycle Now flyer - Melbourne Promotional item 221 KB

    This flyer was developed by Melbourne City Council through the Metro Fund Round 1 'Recycle Now' project. The flyer was developed in English and highlights items that can be placed into a residential commingled recycling bin. This project aimed to successfully introduce new recycling infrastructure and engagement activities working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities to maximise the uptake of recycling behaviours within public housing.

     

  • Remember to recycle (Arabic) flyer - Melbourne Promotional item 175 KB

    This flyer was developed by Melbourne City Council through the Metro Fund Round 1 'Recycle Now' project. The flyer was developed in Arabic and highlights items that can be placed into a residential commingled recycling bin. This project aimed to successfully introduce new recycling infrastructure and engagement activities working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities to maximise the uptake of recycling behaviours within public housing.

  • Remember to recycle (Chinese) flyer - Melbourne Promotional item 2 MB

    This flyer was developed by Melbourne City Council through the Metro Fund Round 1 'Recycle Now' project. The flyer was developed in Chinese and highlights items that can be placed into a residential commingled recycling bin. This project aimed to successfully introduce new recycling infrastructure and engagement activities working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities to maximise the uptake of recycling behaviours within public housing.   

  • Remember to recycle (Somali) Recycle Now flyer - Melbourne Promotional item 223 KB

    This flyer was developed by Melbourne City Council through the Metro Fund Round 1 'Recycle Now' project. The flyer was developed in Somali and highlights items that can be placed into a residential commingled recycling bin. This project aimed to successfully introduce new recycling infrastructure and engagement activities working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities to maximise the uptake of recycling behaviours within public housing.

  • Remember to recycle (Spanish) Recycle Now flyer - Melbourne Promotional item 2 MB

    This flyer was developed by Melbourne City Council through the Metro Fund Round 1 'Recycle Now' project. The flyer was developed in Spanish and highlights items that can be placed into a residential commingled recycling bin. This project aimed to successfully introduce new recycling infrastructure and engagement activities working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities to maximise the uptake of recycling behaviours within public housing.     

  • Remember to recycle (Tigrinya) Recycle Now flyer - Melbourne Promotional item 2 MB

    This flyer was developed by Melbourne City Council through the Metro Fund Round 1 'Recycle Now' project. The flyer was developed in Tigrinya and highlights items that can be placed into a residential commingled recycling bin. This project aimed to successfully introduce new recycling infrastructure and engagement activities working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities to maximise the uptake of recycling behaviours within public housing.


          

  • Remember to recycle (Vietnamese) Recycle Now flyer - Melbourne Promotional item 201 KB

       
    Metro Fund, Public housing, Recycling, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities, CALD, Multi-Unit Developments, MUDs, Vietnamese   
        
    This flyer was developed by Melbourne City Council through the Metro Fund Round 1 'Recycle Now' project. The flyer was developed in Vietnamese and highlights items that can be placed into a residential commingled recycling bin. This project aimed to successfully introduce new recycling infrastructure and engagement activities working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities to maximise the uptake of recycling behaviours within public housing.



        
           
       

Last updated: 14/06/2016