Waste education

Two kids sorting recycling

Waste Education in Schools and Early Years

For information on how we support schools and early years services to reduce their waste and educate children and youth on waste issues, visit our Sustainable Schools page

Recycling Bin Education Program

Yarra Ranges Council regularly checks recycling and FOGO bins before collection from households. This provides information to residents on how well they are doing with their recycling and composting efforts. You may have received a coloured tag on your bin handle:

Green to say: ‘Thanks, you’re doing great!’

Orange to say: ‘We’ve found a few items in your bin that are considered contamination. Please dispose of these more appropriately in the future’.

We use these tags for educational purposes only. They are easily removed, can be recycled and any bin with a tag will still be collected as normal.

If you are unsure of what items belong in which bin, check out our A-Z waste guide.

Recycling collections that include non-recyclable items cause problems for our recycling sorting process. Contaminating items can break sorting machinery and get mixed up in recyclable items. This creating issues when it comes time to turn them into new products. Some items such as batteries can even lead in fires in trucks or at processing plants.

FOGO collections that include non-compostable items are not suitable for compost. An example of this is pet poo and kitty litter. Both contain pathogens that don't break down in the composting process. This could impact on farmland if the compost is used on farms growing crops.

Reducing our Food Waste

Did you know that the average Australian home throws away more than $2000 worth of food each year, and two-thirds of this food was still edible?

For tips on how to store your fresh produce and use your leftovers and reduce food waste, go to the Sustainability Victoria website.

Gardens for Harvest is a program run by Yarra Ranges Council and Knox City Council to help residents grow more of their own fresh and healthy food at home and in local communities. The Gardens for Harvest program shares information on how to grow fresh fruit and veggies, as well as how to compost food waste and other organic materials at home to create compost for the home garden.