Frankston City Council: Halve Our Waste

Frankston City Council’s Metro Fund project successfully helped residents to reduce their waste through changes in behaviour towards food, waste and consumption.

The key aims of the Halve Our Waste (HOW) program were to change community behaviour to reduce waste-to-landfill and to increase the uptake of composting or worm farming in participating households, schools, preschools and kindergartens.  The program also aimed to gain a better understanding of the barriers and incentives that work to engender waste reduction.

The HOW program was successful in reaching its target of 1,000 participating households and 22 local schools, equating to 86 teachers and 479 students. Community members were also engaged through the HOW Facebook page, educational workshops and the HOW e-newsletter.

HOW reviewed and built on knowledge around waste reduction and the barriers and enablers to changing behaviour. Highlights of the program include:

  • a waste-to-landfill reduction of 13% by participating households
  • recycling contamination rate of less than 10% by participating households
  • a very low attrition rate, with 62% of households indicating that they were continuing to compost after the completion of the program, 7% continuing to worm farm and 30% both composting and worm farming
  • a nearly 90% of teachers reported an excellent or very good understanding of composting and/or worm farming at the program completion, up from 5% prior to the program
  • households reported a significant increase in knowledge across the three domains of composting, worm farming and recycling.

For the program participants, HOW appears to have had an impact on their attitudes and behaviours. The positive aspects identified above are reflected in the 93% of survey respondents who were satisfied or very satisfied with their HOW program experience. Additionally, while not an objective, the HOW program has led to a community of interest forming among participants around waste reduction.

The completion of the HOW program now represents an opportunity for Frankston City Council to capitalise on a significant amount of positive momentum and goodwill towards waste reduction.

This project was delivered by Frankston City Council with the support of the Metropolitan Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Fund (Metro Fund).

Frankston City Council received a highly commended award from Keep Australia Beautiful in 2016 for their work on the HOW project.
A short YouTube clip has been created by Frankston City Council to spread the Halve Our Waste message. This can be viewed at Halve Our Waste with Arabella Forge | Frankston TV.

For more information on this project please see the Frankston City Council webpage or phone 1300 322 322.

For details about the Metro Fund please email metro.fund@mwmg.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 8698 9800.

Project resources:

  • Halve Our Waste MF R2 Case Study - Frankston Case Study 1.4 MB

    This case study outlines the key issues, response, benefits and outcomes for the Frankston City Council Metro Fund Round 2 'Halve Our Waste' project. The project aimed to engage with residents to reduce their waste through changes in behaviour towards food, waste and consumption.

  • Composting - Frankston Fact sheet 1.5 MB

    This fact sheet was developed by Frankston City Council for the Metro Fund Round 2 'Halve our Waste' project. The project aimed to engage with residents to reduce their waste through changes in behaviour towards food, waste and consumption. The poster highlights how to compost and solutions to common composting problems.

  • Worm farms - Frankston Fact sheet 1.5 MB

    This fact sheet was developed by Frankston City Council for the Metro Fund Round 2 'Halve our Waste' project. The project aimed to engage with residents to reduce their waste through changes in behaviour towards food, waste and consumption. The poster highlights how to worm farm and solutions to common worm farm problems.

  • Halve our Waste Activity kit - Frankston Toolkit 4.9 MB

    This activity kit was developed by Frankston City Council for the Metro Fund Round 2 'Halve our Waste' project. The project aimed to engage with residents to reduce their waste through changes in behaviour towards food, waste and consumption. The kit targets school students through the use of games and puzzles.

  • Halve our Waste Schools Toolkit - Frankston Toolkit 4.8 MB

    This school toolkit was developed by Frankston City Council for the Metro Fund Round 2 'Halve our Waste' project. The project aimed to engage with residents to reduce their waste through changes in behaviour towards food, waste and consumption. The kit targets schools and provides information on worm farms, composting and recycling.

  • Halve our Waste Residents Toolkit - Frankston Toolkit 3.4 MB

    This residents toolkit was developed by Frankston City Council for the Metro Fund Round 2 'Halve our Waste' project. The project aimed to engage with residents to reduce their waste through changes in behaviour towards food, waste and consumption. The kit targets residents and provides information on worm farms, composting, recycling, love food hate waste program and the halve our waste program.

  • Halve Our Waste Internal Evaluation Report - Frankston Report 624 KB

    This evaluation report outlines the outcomes, findings, project highlights and recommendations for the Frankston City Council Metro Fund Round 2 'Halve our Waste' project. The project aimed to engage with residents to reduce their waste through changes in behaviour towards food, waste and consumption.

Last updated: 23/08/2016