Help develop our future waste service

You've already told us that reducing our environmental impact is important and this is one of the key directions in our Council and Community Plan (2021-2031). The state government also requires us to change some of our services, with targets to reduce waste and divert as much from landfill.

Knox collects over 70,000 tonnes of waste each year through our household, hard rubbish, business, and public litter collection. We also deliver a range of education programs to help our community reduce waste and recycle correctly.

We're already making some changes, with the new food and garden bin service coming in 2023. We need your help to develop our waste strategy and design future waste services and education programs.

Changes to your waste service in 2023

Currently, 55% of the rubbish from Knox ends up in landfill. Some councils have reduced this to 24% by making changes to their waste services.

Food makes up 43% of what’s in our rubbish bins and is sent to landfill. From mid-next year you will be able to put food scraps in your garden waste bin.

At the same time, we’ll change how often we pick up your bins. The food and garden bin, with most of the stinky stuff, will be picked up weekly and the rubbish bin will be picked up fortnightly.

If you live in a large household or have specific waste needs such as children in nappies, people using incontinence aids, and households with large amounts of medical waste we want to understand what extra support and service options you may need.

Timeline for the development of the Waste Strategy

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    15 August 2022

    Community engagement open.

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    15 October 2022

    Community engagement close.

  • Timeline item 3 - active

    Late 2022

    Prepare draft Waste Strategy.

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Mid 2023

    Consultation on the draft Waste Strategy.

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Late 2023

    Finalise Waste Strategy.

Timeline for the introduction of the food and garden bin

  • Timeline item 1 - active

    15 August 2022

    Community engagement open.

  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete

    15 October 2022

    Community engagement close.

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    March - June 2023

    We will change the lid on your garden bin and deliver a kitchen caddy and roll of lime green compostable bin liners.

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    April 2023

    You can begin to include food scraps in your food and garden bin.

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    From 3 July 2023

    We will change collection frequency, your food and garden bin will be collected weekly and rubbish bin will be collected fortnightly.

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    July – November 2023

    We will work with body corporates and property managers in units, apartments and retirement villages to make arrangements to introduce the service changes.

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Knox waste team
Phone 9298 8000
In writing

511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC 3152.