An easy and effective way to reduce your impact on the environment is to implement waste reduction techniques at home and at work. Ranging from recycling to worm farms, these practical changes to waste management can make a big difference to the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.
In addition, Council's Waste Management Service Policy provides guidance in the provision of the Shire's garbage and recycling collection service, determining kerbside collection areas and the application of the associated service charges. Domestic Waste
A weekly domestic garbage collection services is provided to accessible properties within the municipality. The following garbage bin sizes are available for rate payers to choose from, incurring an associated annual waste charge determined by the bin size and service provided: Waste bins (red lids) :
Domestic Recycling Collection
- 80 litre - $158.41
- 120 litre - $281.19
- 240 litre - $469.27
- Additional 240 litre - $516.13
- Additional 120 litre - $298.80
Kerbside recycling collection occurs once a fortnight to properties within the townships of Mansfield, Bonnie Doon, Goughs Bay, Jamieson, Sawmill Settlement, Maindample, Howqua, Tolmie, Barwite, Kevington and Macs Cove.
The recycling collection is co-mingled, meaning all recyclable items are deposited together into the yellow lidded bins and sorted by the contractor.
An extended range of items can now be recycled including milk and juice cartons, cardboard boxes, all paper material, plastic bottles and containers with codes 1 through to 7 inclusive, plastic plant pots, aluminium and steel cans, aerosols, foil containers and glass bottles and jars.
Recycle bin (yellow lid):
- 240 litre - $180.87
- Additional 240 litre - $140.60
Composting is the decomposition of waste organic matter (food and garden waste) into humus (dark coloured soil) which contains all the nutrients that were once part of a living plant or animal.
Compost benefits the environment by reducing the amount of waste that is transferred to landfill and improves the condition of soil which means it is great for use as a fertiliser on gardens.
Compost Bins come in various shapes and sizes and you should visit a hardware store to decide which system best suits your needs.
Worm farms are great for disposing of food scraps in units and houses with limited backyards and for lunch scraps at the office. Compost worms can eat up to double their body weight every day and their digestive process produces what is called ‘worm castings’ which is a great fertiliser for gardens. Water can be flushed through a worm farm to produce ‘worm juice’ which is also great for use on gardens.
For more information visit the Sustainability Victoria website.
Round them up, rinse them out, and run them in !
drumMUSTER is a state wide campaign, funded by a 4 cent per litre or kilogram levy on crop protection and animal health chemicals sold in rigid steel and plastic non-returnable containers. The levy pays for participating local Councils to establish collection centres to process the empty, cleaned containers brought in by farmers.
drumMUSTER enables all farm chemical users to dispose of their empty steel and plastic farm chemical containers and ensures that the used drums are correctly recycled and not deposited at landfill.
Mansfield Shire Council will be operating drumMuster collections on dates to be determined, and the collection point is Council's works depot in Lakins Road.
All drums must be correctly cleaned both inside and out (including caps and threads) and allowed to drain or air dry to ensure they contain no rinse water.
Residents wishing to find out more information to “round up, rinse out, and run in” their drums can visit the DrumMuster website or contact Council's Waste Management Unit on 5775 8555.
Illegal Disposal of Waste
Waste disposed illegally puts tremendous pressure on local municipality resources and adversely effects the environment aesthetically and via contamination of ecosystems.
If you witness anyone littering in Mansfield Shire please contact Council or the Environment Protection Authority.
North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group (NEWRRG)
Ground Floor, Wangaratta Government Centre
62-68 Ovens Street
Wangaratta Vic 3677
03) 5722 9498
Environment Protection Authority
North East Region
27-29 Faithful Street
Wangaratta Vic 3677
03) 5720 1111
Pollution Watch Line 1800 444 004
Reporting Smoky Vehicles 1800 444 051
Reporting Litterers 1800 352 555
50 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
1800 353 233
- Cleanaway - 1800 125 325
- Mansfield Shire - 03 5775 8555
Waste Levy Charge $108.00
Waste Levy - The waste levy (formally known as the Waste Services Charge) is an annual charge that is applied to vacant land without a kerbside waste and recycling collection service and properties that are exempt from the kerbside waste and recycling services due to extenuating circumstances.
The charge is declared for the recovery of costs of the following:
- Maintenance cleaning of all street and public bins
- Maintenance of Councils Resource Recovery Centre
- Waste Education Initiatives across the municipality
- Litter control
- Visitor waste management program
- Maintenance and servicing of all public place waste/ recycle infrastructure