Understand the idea of circular economy and what the City is doing to realise net zero waste by 2036.
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.
Proposed waste services and facilities
Four services are being developed to help our community shift from ‘take, make, waste’ to ‘recover and reuse’ and significantly reduce our emissions:
- Food organics and garden organics - will be composted locally, which will reduce emissions by a further 16.73%
- General waste - 30,000 tonnes per year will be diverted from landfill and used to produce gas which will be converted to electricity and exported to the grid
- Plastics from our recycling bins will be used to make products (as an alternative to steel) in a new local manufacturing start-up
- Soft plastics will be used to create road-based additive and recycled plastic pellets (for manufacturers) by a Melbourne-based manufacturer and returned for use by local services
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.