Waste Management Strategies and Policies

This page contains information on strategies and policies regarding waste collection and recycling in Greater Shepparton.

Waste Management Strategy

This strategy provides a vision for the Council’s waste services for the next 10 years.

It strengthens the Council’s commitment to minimising environmental impacts associated with its waste management activities and also supports the provision of best practice waste services and facilities.

The strategy is in accordance with the Council Plan 2005 - 2015 and Best Value principles. 

Kerbside Landfill, Recycling and Organic Waste Collection Policy

The aim of this policy is to outline the standard kerbside collection provided to service entitled properties across the Greater Shepparton municipality.

Council is committed to reducing waste to landfill by ensuring that kerbside collection services facilitating the segregation of waste at the source are available to as many domestic residences within Council area provided it is economically feasible.


ResourceSmart (formerly waste wise) has been developed by Sustainability Victoria as a single call to action for all Victorians to conserve energy, materials and water - at home, at work and out and about and to deliver the practical assistance needed to make the necessary changes in their lives to become ResourceSmart.

ResourceSmart is a major statewide integrated waste and litter education initiative that focuses on the prevention of waste and litter management.

This plan incorporates the state ResourceSmart Programs and guidelines where applicable. The key elements of the Council’s program are:

  • Minimising waste to landfill, collected from kerbside services
  • Assisting and encouraging the development of a waste wise community
  • Encouraging the Council’s departments and service providers to minimise waste and consider buying recycled products where applicable
  • Promoting and encouraging property developers in waste minimisation and litter reduction
  • Reducing the illegal dumping of rubbish within the municipality

Regional Strategies

The Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group (GVWRRG) develops and maintains a strategy for solid waste management which is currently under review. A number of strategic priorities were determined including:

  • Promote sharing of information and resources between member Councils, the Group and external bodies
  • Complement member Councils in their introduction of the principles of best value and best practice waste management
  • Further promotion and introduction of both State and locally developed litter and resource efficiency campaigns

About the GVWRRG

Greater Shepparton City Council works closely with the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group (GVWRRG), to maximise recovery of resources and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

GVWRRG is the link between state, local governments, community and industry and is responsible for facilitating a coordinated approach to the planning and delivery of infrastructure and services for all waste streams including municipal solid waste (MSW), commercial and industrial waste (C& I) and construction and demolition waste (C&D).

The organisation has a central office located at Shepparton to service the Goulburn Valley waste and resource recovery region. The region extends from the Victoria/New South Wales border through to the outer suburbs of Melbourne and encompasses the following municipalities:

  • Campaspe Shire Council
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Moira Shire Council
  • Murrindindi Shire Council
  • Strathbogie Shire Council

For more information regarding GVWRRG’s activities in your region visit the GVWRRG website.

Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans

There are seven Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans currently being developed by Victorian waste and resource recovery groups (WRRGs). Find out more about the Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan by downloading the fact sheet below.

Waste Education

Council has a waste educator available to talk to schools, community groups and residents. Presentations can cover various areas of waste such as consumerism, waste minimisation, sustainability and Council’s waste services.

Find out more about Council's Waste Education resources.