Other council services

The Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Survey also asks local governments about the other council waste services they provide (separately to the main household kerbside garbage, recycling and green organics services) and these include:

  • litter maintenance and street sweeping services
  • household hard waste service
  • landfill and transfer station operations.

Litter maintenance and street sweeping service

All 79 local governments provide litter maintenance and street sweeping services. In 2016–17, 69 of 79 local governments reported on these services via the Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Survey. The figures below are a general indication of these services.

In 2016–17, Victorian councils collected:

  • 34,942 tonnes of material from litter bins – a 15.5 per cent increase from 2015–16
  • 20,142 tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish – a 10 per cent increase from 2015–16
  • 2,104 tonnes of material from litter traps – more than doubling the figure of 921 tonnes reported in 2015–16.

Cost and geography

In 2016–17, the cost for local government to provide litter maintenance and street sweeping services was in excess of $95 million (or $15.05 per person) of this, local government spent.

Figure 1 shows the breakdown of service cost percentages.

Figure 1: Litter and street sweeping services annual service cost, Victoria 2016–17

Pie chart from the Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Report 2015-16

Household hard waste service

In 2016–17, 43 of 79 local governments provided a hard waste collection service. Hard waste is household waste not normally accepted or possible to fit into garbage bins e.g. white goods and timber.

In 2016–17, 103,396 tonnes of hard waste was collected by local government and 83,084 tonnes was disposed to landfill with the rest recovered for recycling. This represents an average diversion rate of 20 per cent. On average 54kg of hard waste was collected per household.

Cost and geography

In 2016–17, the cost for local government to provide a household hard waste service was $31 million and the cost per household was $16.31.

Landfill and transfer station operations

Local governments own and / or operate landfills (licensed and unlicensed by EPA) and resource recovery and waste transfer stations across the state (including those that are operated by private contractors for local governments). The figures below do not include privately owned sites.

In 2016–17, of the 53 operational landfills reported by local governments:

  • 33 were licensed – inner metropolitan local governments did not operate or own any landfills.
  • 20 were unlicensed – the majority (19) were in rural townships and small provincial local government areas.

Approximately, 249 local government owned / operated and transfer stations were operational and 198 of these were maintained in rural townships and small provincial municipalities.

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Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Report 2016-17

The Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Report outlines the tonnages, costs, trends and diversion rates for councils' waste and recycling services.

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Victorian Local Government Waste Services Report Workbook 2016-17

The Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Workbook provides access to the data contained in the final report. It includes the tonnages, costs, trends and diversion rates for councils' waste and recycling services.