Greater Bendigo Circular economy

We are working to better manage our waste and resources. We plan to reduce waste to landfill and offer new solutions to recycle, reuse or recover wasted materials. Part of this is to establish a local circular economy. 

Eaglehawk Landfill to close

We are changing Eaglehawk Landfill to a transfer station. We estimate it will reach capacity in late 2023 or early 2024. Local households and businesses will continue to access the waste services they need, as well as new circular economy solutions. The closure will have a limited impact on our community and no extra costs to residents.

Reuse platform for businesses - ASPIRE

Businesses can list unwanted materials or products for trade, exchange or sale online and save on their waste management costs. Find out about the ASPIRE program for businesses.

Why circular Greater Bendigo

Currently we manage around 95,000 tonnes of waste materials each year. More than 85% of this waste could be recovered with the right solutions in place.

If we don’t take steps to manage our waste now, pollution will increase, managing landfills will cost more and local natural habitats will be destroyed.

Our waste system currently struggles to do much with end-of-life materials (what we call “waste”). By moving to a circular economy we will:

  • Change how we handle and value our material resources
  • Keep resources in use for as long as possible
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Reduce sending valuable resources to landfill
  • Support local industry 
  • Create local jobs and investment 
  • Keep resources in the region

Our aim is to be a net zero waste city by 2036.