As a society we generate a considerable amount of waste that must be properly managed to minimise risks to public health and to the environment. Councils play an active role in waste management by providing waste disposal and recycling services. They also regulate the waste disposal of individuals and organisations in the municipality.
In addition to providing waste services and regulation, councils frequently provide advice and education to assist and encourage people to dispose/recycle their waste responsibly.
Each council's performance for Waste Collection can be viewed and compared in the Compare Councils section of this site. To do this, click on the service area icon, select your council from the filter, then use the checkbox to select three additional similar councils for comparison from the list.
Councils provide a range of waste disposal and recycling services for their communities. Some services, such as the collection and disposal of general household garbage, are common to all councils. Many other services vary, depending on the needs and priorities of the relevant communities.
Specific waste services provided by councils can include:
The way these services are provided can vary from area to area. While household garbage services most frequently involve the provision and regular emptying of bins, in some areas household waste may be disposed at resource recovery centre/transfer stations. Similarly, recycling services may be provided through collection from individual household bins or at resource recovery centres/transfer stations or depots in the municipality.
Many councils levy a garbage charge as part of the rates system. This can vary in relation to the size of bin provided.
Councils also make and enforce local laws to control the disposal of waste in their areas as well as regulating some waste activities under Victorian state laws, including: