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Don’t let your recycling efforts go to waste

Join the call for the Victorian State Government to invest its $500 million Sustainability Fund in innovative solutions, new technologies and sustainable markets to ensure that Victoria’s recycling efforts don’t go to waste.

Global changes to the recycling market are threatening to see materials collected from Victoria’s kerbside recycling being sent to landfill. 

In spite of collecting hundreds of millions of dollars each year from ratepayers through the Landfill Levy. With over $500 million in its Sustainability Fund, the State Government still doesn’t have a plan on how to fix recycling in Victoria.

Take action

Email State Members of Parliament to let them know that you don’t want your recycling efforts to go to waste.

Who can you email?

Click on the name below to send them an email.

  • daniel.andrews [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Mr%20Andrews%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Daniel Andrews) - Premier
  • lily.d'ambrosio [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Ms%20D'Ambrosio%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Lily D'Ambrosio) - Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
  • tim.pallas [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Mr%20Pallas%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Tim Pallas) - Treasurer
  • philip.dalidakis [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Mr%20Dalidakis%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Philip  Dalidakis) - Member for Southern Metropolitan Region
  • david.davis [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Mr%20Davis%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (David Davis) - Member for Southern Metropolitan Region
  • margaret.fiztherbert [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Ms%20Fitzherbert%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Margaret Fitzherbert) - Member for Southern Metropolitan Region
  • georgie.crozier [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Ms%20Crozier%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Georgina Crozier) - Member for Southern Metropolitan Region
  • sue.pennicuik [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Ms%20Pennicuik%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Sue Pennicuik) - Southern Metropolitan Region
  • louise.asher [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Ms%20Asher%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Louise Asher) - Member for Brighton
  • murray.thompson [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Mr%20Thompson%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Murray Thompson) - Members for Sandringham
  • Nick.staikos [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Mr%20Staikos%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Nick Staikos) - Member for Bentleigh
  • matthew.guy [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Mr%20Guy%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Matthew Guy) - Leader of the Opposition
  • michael.obrien [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Mr%20O'Brien%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Michael O'Brien) - Shadow Treasurer
  • Samantha.Ratnam [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Ms%20Ratnam%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Samantha Ratnam) - Leader Victorian Greens
  • Cindy.McLeish [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Ms%20McLeish%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Cindy McLeish) - Shadow Assistant Minister for Environment, Communities and Volunteers
  • david.southwick [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Mr%20Southwick%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (David Southwick) - Shadow Minister for Energy & Resources, Shadow Minister for Renewables
  • nina.springle [at] parliament.vic.gov.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Ms%20Springle%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Nina Springle) - Deputy Leader of the Victorian Greens
  • james.newbury [at] vic.liberal.org.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Mr%20Newbury%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (James Newbury) - Endorsed candidate for Brighton
  • Brad.Rowswell [at] vic.liberal.org.au (subject: Don%E2%80%99t%20let%20my%20recycling%20efforts%20go%20to%20waste, body: Dear%20Mr%20Rowswell%0A%0AThe%20Victorian%20recycling%20industry%20is%20facing%20a%20crisis.%20%0A%0AEach%20year%20the%20government%20collects%20hundreds%20of%20millions%20of%20dollars%20from%20ratepayers%20through%20the%20Landfill%20Levy.%0A%0AThis%20money%20is%20held%20in%20the%20State%20Government%E2%80%99s%20Sustainability%20Fund.%0A%0AWith%20over%20%24500%20million%20still%20remaining%20in%20the%20fund%20we%20need%20leadership%20from%20all%20Victorian%20parliamentarians%20to%20fix%20recycling%20now.%0A%0AThis%20crisis%20is%20not%20one%20that%20you%20can%20leave%20to%20local%20government%20alone%20to%20solve.%0A%0AWe%20need%20a%20REAL%20plan%20to%20invest%20the%20Sustainability%20Fund%20in%20innovative%20solutions%2C%20new%20technologies%20and%20sustainable%20markets%20to%20ensure%20our%20recycling%20efforts%20don%E2%80%99t%20go%20to%20waste.%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20know%3B%20will%20you%20work%20hard%20to%20fix%20recycling%20in%20Victoria%3F%0A%0AYours%20sincerely) (Brad Rowswell) - Endorsed candidate for Sandringham

What is the landfill levy?

Millions of dollars are collected each year by the State Government from ratepayers via the municipal landfill levy. These funds, along with landfill fees from industry, are paid into the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund. Around $500 million of this fund currently remains unspent.

The purpose of this fund is to:

  • help foster environmentally sustainable uses of resources and best practices in waste management; and
  • promote innovative responses to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Action is needed now to ensure that Victoria’s strong recycling efforts don’t go to waste and end up in a landfill.

How has the recycling market changed?

Finding export markets for materials collected from kerbside recycling services in our state is becoming increasingly difficult for the Victorian industry. 

This is because the Chinese government has recently introduced new contamination thresholds for the materials it allows into China. China is the world’s processor of recyclable materials, so this is creating a worldwide glut of mixed recyclables and a reduced price paid for these raw materials on international commodity markets.

This means that creating stockpiles of recyclable material for later processing or sending them to landfill may be the only options until alternative solutions to shipping the items offshore can be found. This will not only be bad for our environment but will most likely result in higher costs for ratepayers through waste charges.

Our recycler, Polytrade has agreed not to landfill recyclables in the short term, but if Polytrade or other recyclers are unable to find a buyer for the recyclables, they may not be able to continue to accept recyclables, and landfilling may be the only alternative.

Free e-learning membership and useful tools

We are offering 1000 free memberships for Bayside residents to the Self Sufficiency in the Suburbs website where they can learn about how to live more sustainably.

Register for your membership

Like our Don’t Feed the Bin Facebook page to learn about how to reduce your food waste.

Make sure you know what can go in your bins to ensure you are up to date on which items go in which bins.

Recycling in Bayside

Bayside has a long and proud history of recycling and our residents are amongst the best recyclers in Victoria.

Bayside residents are great recyclers however we also produce more waste per household than the Melbourne average.

Key facts

  • Bayside recycles 11,000 tonnes of material from kerbside collections annually
  • Materials from the blue recycling bins are made into new products
  • Our recycled green waste is used by Victorian farmers
  • Bayside households generate 10.4% more waste than the average Melbourne household
  • 65% of Bayside’s annual garbage waste sent to landfill could be composted or recycled
  • Plastic bags are the biggest contaminants in kerbside recycling – don’t bag it.
  • Unless a solution can be found for the recycling industry in Victoria ratepayers will have to pay higher waste costs.

Wheelie bins on a nature strip