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.
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)
- 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.
Building a Cleaner Wyndham
Building a Cleaner Wyndham is a Wyndham City initiatives that encourages builders to take responsibility for their waste. By educating builders on the importance of keeping a clean building site and taking a positive approach to waste management, Council hopes to reduce the amount of building litter getting into our public spaces and waterways.
Throughout the program, Council supports builders by providing:
- information on the benefits of keeping a clean work site;
- information on builders’ responsibilities towards keeping a clean building site;
- a sign to put on your fence to show they are part of the Building a Cleaner Wyndham project;
- bags to hang on their fence to make it easier for workers to secure their rubbish;
- information on the enforcement procedures Council undertakes to encourage cleaner building sites;
- opportunities to participate in local environmental awareness sessions to see firsthand the improvements cleaner building sites can make to the local environment.
If you would like more information or are a builder and would like to get involved in this program, please contact the Waste Strategy Team via firstname.lastname@example.org or 9742 0777.
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 email@example.com.
Join a Local Litter Clean Up Group
Do you want to join a litter clean up group to make a difference? Here is a list of our local dedicated groups or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get some help in starting your own movement:
Love our Street 3024 Manor Lakes
Litter clean-up group on the 1st Saturday of the month10.30am - 12noon - February to November.
Love our Street 3029 Hoppers Crossing/Tarneit
Litter clean-up group on the 3rd Sunday of the month 10.30am-12noon – February to November.
Love our Street 3030 – Werribee
Litter clean-up group on the 4th Sunday of the month 10.30am –12noon February to November.
Beach Patrol 3030 – Werribee
Litter clean-up group on the 2nd Sunday of the month, 11.30am –12.30pm, February to November.
Wyndham Litter Warriors – 6 locations across Wyndham
Regular litter clean up events across the year.
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, composting and litter education sessions to schools, businesses or community groups.
To book a live session or find out more please contact email@example.com. Alternatively, you can watch our pre-recorded recycling session.
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.
Waste Watchers Pledge
The most common item people mistakenly put into their recycling bins in Wyndham are soft plastics. Soft plastics are those scrunchable plastics such as plastic bags, bread bags and chip and lolly wrappers.
Placing these items into your recycling bin causes both environmental and cost issues, as well as being hazardous for workers at the facility, with soft plastics often causing jams of the automated sorting machines at the Material Recovery Facility.
We need your help to share the message about keeping soft plastics out of your recycling bin.
You can help by joining the “No Soft Plastics in Recycling Bin” campaign by signing up for the Waste Watchers’ Program. By signing up you will receive a Wyndham Waste Watcher Family sticker for your bin which will help to share the message within your neighbourhood.
We would also love if you could share with your friends and families on social media.
How does it work?
2. Share your pledge with friends on social media (optional)
3. Receive a bin sticker in the mail
4. Talk to curious neighbours or friends about your bin sticker