Northern Grampians Shire Council adopted a new waste management strategy at its meeting on Monday with an amendment.
Cr Merrilee Reid moved the motion of Council adopting the Waste Management Strategy which would provide the strategic direction for waste services for Northern Grampians Shire Council for the next ten years - but made an amendment to the motion.
"A second dot point is to introduce a free trial for green waste only over a two week period as soon as practical," she said.
"By implementing this trial it would give Council information regarding the green waste and fits with the 10-year strategy.
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"Further audits could inform the green waste that is produced.
"I think it's an essential thing."
The Waste Management Strategy is reviewed every two years or as needed as the new policy is introduced to ensure the objectives and goals remain achievable and alterations can be made to assist in managing Victorian Recycling reforms and Council objectives.
Cr Jason Hosemans seconded the motion.
"The Waste Management Strategy has identified four objectives," he said.
"Improve resource recovery, community focused waste management systems, adaptive infrastructure and operations and sustainable strategic planning.
"This is a good step forward. Obviously there are things we want to do along the way but this strategy steps us in the right direction.
"The community is very keen to see movement in this area and there are time frames that have been set by the state government to bring in all sorts of processes.
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"This is the first stage to work towards that."
The Victorian Government has introduced a number of key changes to Statewide collection services including a container deposit scheme introduction by 2023, access to glass recycling service by 2027, mandatory rollout of food organics and garden organics service by 2030.
Cr Karen Hyslop said she welcomed the amendment to the strategy.
"This (the green waste) is something the community has been asking for for a long time," she said.
"We've had lots of discussions about this over the past two weeks and lots of options put forward in what direction we would go.
"We thought this would be the best option for a trial. It will be done with no cost to ratepayers because money will be coming out of the waste reserve."
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