City of Melbourne launches Single-use Waste Reduction Fund

The City of Melbourne has launched a Single-use Waste Reduction Fund which will provide eligible businesses up to $2000 to reduce the use of plastic bags, coffee cups, straws and bottled water in their operations and services.

The Fund is the result of a motion passed by Council to increase efforts to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill. The motion was in response to the environmental issues highlighted in the ABC's War on Waste TV series.

The motion also commits Council to formally advocate for a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags and the introduction of a Container Deposit Scheme. Large supermarket chains, retailers and cafes within the municipality will be asked to work with Council to reduce the use of single-use items.

Last year the City of Melbourne installed more than 60 water fountains to make it easier for people to access free drinking water in the city and to reduce reliance on plastic bottles.

The City of Melbourne is currently developing its new Waste and Resource Recovery Plan 2018-2021, which will outline a number of programs and initiatives to increase recycling and reduce waste to landfill.

Further information is available here.

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