Council is revolutionising the way it deals with waste by introducing a range of waste initiatives, including social enterprises at the Daylesford, Creswick and Trentham transfer stations, subsidised worm farms and compost bins and extending kerbside waste collections in small hamlets. These initiatives are key actions in the Council Plan and Waste Management and Resource Strategy.
The contract for waste services at transfer stations was recently awarded to Future Employment Opportunities (FEO). Council will be working in partnership with FEO to deliver best practice social enterprise operations that will create local jobs, encourage the reuse of disposed material, reduce waste to landfill, reduce emissions, create business opportunities and reduce waste management costs.
The social enterprise would significantly change the way the shire deals with waste. The social enterprise model will ensure we reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by finding new uses for components of our waste, it will create jobs and strengthen our community by developing social connections and better waste management..
There was strong community support for social enterprise operations at transfer stations in Hepburn Shire during the community consultation process for the current Council Plan, but also in the development of the Waste Strategy.
The transfer stations will prevent waste going to landfill through processes such as down-cycling, recycling, reusing and up-cycling. An open day was held at the Daylesford Transfer Station on 11 July in conjunction with FEO.