THE public is being urged to debate a City of Greater Bendigo waste management strategy devised to deal with ongoing issues.
Council has released the Draft Waste and Resource Management Strategy for public comment for six weeks.
The draft strategy proposes the city does not pursue the development of a new landfill once Eaglehawk Landfill reaches its capacity.
It also paves the way for the introduction of an organics management system for green and food waste to reduce waste going to landfill.
The strategy states that no kerbside hard waste collection service will be introduced, however the range of existing services will be promoted.
City of Greater Bendigo mayor Lisa Ruffell said the strategy was developed to address existing and emerging waste management issues in the region.
“Greater Bendigo... is currently facing major challenges associated with the collection and disposal of solid waste," she said.
"Existing landfills are running out of space and there is a general expectation that councils need to adopt a more sustainable approach to the way waste is managed."
She said while the strategy focused on the domestic waste stream, it also acknowledged the city's role in servicing the business and industry sector.
“Through the consultation process we found that the community want an efficient, convenient, safe and sustainable resource management system that minimises the costs and risks to ratepayers," she said.
“We all create waste and waste is everyone’s problem and I encourage all residents to take some time to read the draft strategy and provide their feedback."
The strategy will be on public exhibition at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au until December 6.