Introduction

You may be aware that the City of Greater Bendigo will close its Eaglehawk landfill in 2022-23. To prepare for this closure, Council is taking steps to build a ‘circular economy’ for the region.

What is a circular economy?
Transitioning to a circular economy means moving away from the linear approach of taking resources out of the ground, making them into products for use and then discarding them into landfill or low-value recycling.

A transition to the circular economy means changing how we as individuals, businesses, Council and society think about the materials and products we buy, use/consume and eventually throw away. Because at the end of the day there will be no “away” location, such as a landfill, for these materials and products to go to. Real change will begin with waste avoidance in the first place.

Ultimately, the circular economy shifts a take, make, waste approach of “waste management” to “resource recovery” and incorporates three principles:

1. Design out waste and pollution from our products
2. Keep products and materials in use for as long as possible
3. Regenerate natural systems by redesigning food systems and recovering organic material.

The goal of a circular economy is to eliminate waste and create effective material management systems that encourages a local and resilient economy and environment. This is also the goal of the City of Greater Bendigo.
 
What is the City of Greater Bendigo doing?
The City has started work to develop a Circular Greater Bendigo and establish post-landfill solutions for when Eaglehawk landfill has reached its end-of-life. Given this closure will impact current logistics Greater Bendigo, the City is proactively taking steps to manage this important challenge.

The City has already introduced additional recycling bins in public spaces and expanded the food organics and garden organics (FOGO) rollout to assist local residents and businesses. The development of a Circular Economy and Zero Waste Policy is also underway to detail the City’s intent for a circular economy and zero waste within the region, guide future activities and measure progress towards goals.

The City is also engaging with residents, community groups, service providers, businesses and other key stakeholders across Greater Bendigo who will be impacted by the closure of the landfill. Most recently, the City received over 40 expressions of interest from service providers who are keen to develop circular economy solutions for a post-landfill region.

This survey is designed to inform the City about your understanding and thoughts on waste, resource recovery and a circular economy. This survey will allow you to share the challenges you face, the good work you are already doing to reduce waste and any opportunities or ideas for improvement. This engagement will be used by the City to inform the actions they will need to take to support Greater Bendigo in reducing its waste and managing future resources.

This survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All information collated from this survey will be kept confidential.

Thank you in advance for your time.

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