Creating a Circular Economy
The Eaglehawk landfill is due to reach capacity in 2022-23. To prepare for this closure, the City of Greater Bendigo is taking steps to build a ‘circular economy’ for the region to future-proof our relationship with “waste”.
So what is the ‘Circular Economy’?
Our current waste system struggles to do much with end-of-life materials i.e. “waste”
Materials are either sent to landfill, or are “recycled” into lower-quality materials e.g. aggregate, road base, mixed plastics etc.
The current system is broken. It is cheaper to dump materials in a hole than to recycle them
The Circular Economy seeks to change how we handle and value our material resources and keep them in use for as long as possible
This is a shift from a ‘take, make, waste’ society that focuses on the management of the waste we all produce, to ‘take, make, reuse’ society where we recover and eventually reuse all of the material resources from the products we throw away.
For a detailed guide to the Circular Economy, we recommend checking out the Ellen MacArthur Foundation website.
City of Greater Bendigo Circular Economy Survey
This survey is designed to inform the City about your understanding and thoughts on waste, resource recovery and a circular economy. This survey will allow you to share the challenges you face, the good work you are already doing to reduce waste and any opportunities or ideas for improvement. This engagement will be used by the City to inform the actions they will need to take to support Greater Bendigo in reducing its waste and managing future resources.
This survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All information collated from this survey will be kept confidential.