Brimbank residents will be able to recycle more and waste less under a waste, recycling and litter strategy proposed by the council.

The strategy seeks to expand the range of items to be recycled to help reduce the amount of rubbish being collected, and to expand on the range of products and materials accepted for recycling at the council’s Resource Recovery Centre in Keilor Park.

The draft strategy was endorsed at March’s council meeting and will be put to the community for feedback.

Brimbank mayor Margaret Giudice wants people to make their voice heard.

“We are calling on community members to comment on the draft strategy that will guide council’s response to the important issue of waste, recycling and litter management in Brimbank,” Cr Giudice said.

“The draft strategy outlines the key drivers that influence waste management processes and services in Victoria, and analyses council’s current waste management systems, policies, educational programs and monitoring processes.”

Under the proposal, the council would start talks with its sorting contractor to allow flexible plastics – the fastest growing form of packaging – as an acceptable recyclable product.

It also proposes to extend the range of products and materials accepted at the Resource Recovery Centre to include bicycles, plastics, electrical appliances, cardboard and clothing.

The draft strategy also includes an education program which will put an emphasis on illegal dumping, which costs ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in clean-ups.

“The draft strategy is focused on educating the community on waste reduction, and also identifies illegal dumping of rubbish and litter as a significant issue and cost,” Cr Giudice said.

To view the strategy and have your say, visit: www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

Written feedback must be received no later than 5pm on Tuesday, April 17.