Cardinia Shire Council: Halve Your Waste

The Cardinia Shire Council’s Metro Fund project successfully reduced waste to landfill through educating the local community and schools about waste reduction, recycling and composting.

The Halve Your Waste project’s key aims were to reduce the amount of household and food waste across the municipality, recover more e-waste and increase recycling and composting participation at schools.

All of the project’s objectives were achieved, with some exceeding the set targets for the year-long term of the project (from July 2012 to July 2013). The most successful outcome was the increase in people using the council’s e-waste service which increased from just 2% to 35%, far exceeding the 10% target.

The project also achieved a 22% reduction in household garbage weight and 50% reduction of food waste in the garbage stream across the entire municipality. The 10 participating schools increased their recycling and composting by 30%.

All of this was successfully accomplished through a combination of activities and education materials primarily targeting children and the young families.

Composting and recycling workshops were provided and displays were set up at community events and public areas. A waste minimisation guide and a composting guide were developed and distributed to the community and 10 e-waste events were held in the shire.

In addition $30 rebate incentives were provided on purchases of compost bins and smaller 80 litre rubbish bins, and compost and recycling bins and signs were provided to participating schools where required.

For further information contact the Cardinia Shire Council Waste Officer on 1300 787 624.

For further details about the Metro Fund contact metro.fund@mwmg.vic.gov.au or call the Strategic Resource Recovery Team on 8698 9800.

Project resources

  • Halve Your Waste R1 Case Study - Cardinia Case Study 1.4 MB

    This case study Outlines the key issues, response, benefits and outcomes for the Cardinia Shire Councils Metro Fund Round 1 'Halve Your Waste' project. The project targeted household and school education for residential waste to landfill, food waste, e-waste, recycling and composting.

  • Helping you halve your waste brochure - Cardinia Promotional item 2.1 MB

    This recycling brochure was developed by Cardinia Shire Council for the Metro Fund Round 1 'Halve Your Waste' project. The brochure identifies items that can and cannot be placed into a recycling bin. It includes a quiz, fun facts and utilises the elements of the reduce, reuse, recycle model.

  • How to recycle right recycling poster - Cardinia Promotional item 2.4 MB

    This recycling poster was developed by Cardinia Shire Council for the Metro Fund Round 1 'Halve Your Waste' project. The poster identifies items that can and cannot be placed into a recycling bin.

  • What to put in your compost bin poster - Cardinia Promotional item 732 KB

    This composting poster was developed by Cardinia Shire Council for the Metro Fund Round 1 'Halve Your Waste' project. The poster identifies items that can and cannot be placed into a compost bin.

  • Helping you halve your waste guidance document - Cardinia Guidance Document 1.4 MB

    This guidance document was developed by Cardinia Shire Council for the Metro Fund Round 1 'Halve Your Waste' project. The document targets composting, worm farming, e-waste, recycling and food waste. It utilises the model of reduce, reuse, recycle.

Last updated: 02/11/2016