Wyndham City has ambitious targets to both improve our community’s recycling and waste diversion.

To achieve this, Wyndham City provides and conducts several educational programs and offerings.  

To read Waste & Litter Strategy 2016-2040 and our vision to shift the focus from waste management to resource recovery, creating a comprehensive roadmap in order to achieve the ultimate goal of 90% waste diversion from landfill.

View the Waste & Litter Strategy 2016-2040

Bin Inspection Program

Wyndham City has commenced a bin inspection program with the aim to improve our recycling. 

These random inspections provide individual households with education around what can and can’t go into the recycling bin, with the aim to improve the recycling material provided to our processor Visy. This program also helps to formulate an education campaign around common recycling mistakes as well as geographic areas to target.

All bins inspected will receive either a ‘Top job’ tag for recycling correctly, or an ‘Oh no’ tag if the bin contains items that can’t be recycled.

With recent changes to global recycling, it’s more important than ever that we put the right things in our home recycling bin. Contamination not only causes issues when sorting materials, it can also pose a risk for collection and sorting staff as well as increasing the cost of service.

Common items incorrectly placed in the recycling bin include:

  • recyclable items inside plastic bags
  • soft plastics (such as plastic bags and food wrappers)
  • polystyrene
  • nappies
  • food scraps or garden waste

Recycling bins will continue to be collected as normal, unless the bin is visually overflowing or our recycling collection company deems the bin to be too heavily contaminated.

Community Group Support

Wyndham City offers community litter groups support by providing litter collection, promotions of events and advice on building your own community litter group.

For more information contact wastewise@wyndham.vic.gov.au.

Litter & Illegal Dumping

The dumping of litter in Wyndham is an offence. Litter may not be thrown from a vehicle, dumped onto a public reserve, nature strip or on a road.

Across the municipality, signs have been installed, encouraging people to report illegal dumping, to secure their load of rubbish and warning people of the severe penalties which apply to people caught illegally dumping rubbish.

To report dumped litter:

Reverse Vending Machines

Wyndham City became the first Victorian Council to install reverse vending machines allowing you to recycle for rewards when you’re out and about.

The machines aim to increase recycling and reduce the number of plastic bottles and aluminium cans that are found littered around our City, particularly in our cherished nature reserves and waterways.

The innovative machines accept plastic bottles and aluminium cans and in return provide a range of incentive offers and prize draws.

The machines were in response to feedback received as part of consultation for the recently adopted Waste & Litter Strategy 2016-2040, which highlighted the communities desire to see a payback scheme for recyclables as well as increased measures to tackle litter locally.

Wyndham’s four reverse vending machines have been removed due to the lease period ending, replacement machines are being explored with the aim for alternate machines to be installed in 2020. 

Waste Education Sessions

Wyndham City offers a series of free waste, recycling and litter education sessions to schools, business or community groups.

To book in or find out more please contact wastewise@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Waste Watchers Online

Want to learn more about recycling, composting and how to reduce your impact on the planet? 

Wyndham City’s free waste education program, Waste Watchers, is now online, so you can become a waste expert without even leaving your home.

These online webinars were hosted live and recorded in June 2020, with each session running for approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

Week 1: General Waste

Week 2: Kerbside Recyclables

Week 3: Composting

Week 4: Other Recycling Services

Week 5: Reduce and Reuse

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