Avoiding waste and single use plastics

To reduce the volume of waste going to landfill, the City of Stonnington is focusing on minimising the amount of rubbish generated within the municipality.

What Council is doing

Plastic pollution is a significant environmental issue that warrants attention and response by governments at all levels.

Council is taking action by excluding the use of single-use light-weight plastic bags at Council events and activities. We are also working with the Stonnington community to highlight the issues associated with single-use plastic bags and provide advice on alternatives.

Events and programs

Specific events and programs supported by Council or coordinated by other organisations include:

Plastics Free July

Council supports staff and the community to make a pledge for Plastic Free July - choose to refuse single-use plastic, including straws, water bottles, plastic bags and disposable coffee cups during July.

Green Schools Program

Our annual Sustainable Schools Program offers free hands-on educational experiences, such as student leadership training, staff professional development sessions and incursions and excursions on a range of topics including waste and recycling.

Environmental Events Program

Council runs a series of environmental events to support our community to live more sustainably.  Topics have included Zero Waste Living workshops and a film screening.

Zero Waste Victoria

Zero Waste Victoria provide a forum to share information and resources to help people reduce rubbish sent to landfill. They provide resources about how to live a zero waste lifestyle and avoid soft plastics.

Keep Informed

Subscribe to Council's "Environmental News and Events" enewsletter to be kept up to date on upcoming waste and sustainability events and programs.

Top Tips for Waste Reduction

You can help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and protect our environment by reducing the waste you generate through avoidance, reusing, recycling and buying recycled products.


To reduce the amount of waste you produce at home:

  • buy less
  • use a compost bin or worm farm for your food and garden waste
  • refuse plastic bags
  • choose reusable bags
  • buy products with less packaging or recycled packaging
  • buy durable, reusable and recyclable products
  • buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging
  • place a ‘no junk mail’ sticker on your letterbox
  • use refillable containers for food and your water.

With a bit of creative thinking and resourcefulness, many products and materials can be used again. To maximise reuse:

  • wash out glass jars and plastic containers to re-use as storage containers
  • when clothes are worn out, use them as cleaning or dusting cloths
  • use newspaper to line your kitchen bin
  • take re-useable bags when you go shopping
  • create ice-blocks for your esky out of milk jugs or disposable water bottles.

Recycling is one of the easiest ways you can help the environment. We encourage our residents to recycle as much possible by placing acceptable recyclable items for collection in your kerbside recycling bin.

The great benefits of recycling include:

  • reusing resources rather than throwing them away
  • diverting waste from landfill
  • saving water and energy
  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • conserving natural resources such as coal, gas and oil
  • saving money and creating jobs and businesses for the local community.