City Council - Focusing
As the 1998/1999 Keep
Australia Beautiful "Proud City" winner, the City of Monash is
committed to advancing community awareness towards achieving a sustainable
The City of Monash has
sponsored 15 schools over the last four years to participate in
the Schools For Sustainable Future program. The program aims to
increase awareness and action about environmental and waste minimisation
issues amongst students in the municipality.
In 2000 Monash Council
will be supporting three new schools to develop the Worming into
the Community program in their schools.
Monash Council Waste & Recycling
Manager Joe Lunardello,
Mayor Gill Claire & Councilor Peter Vlahos
at the SFSF 1998 August Profile Afternoon.
Councils Manager of Recycling
and Disposal Services, Joe Lunardello, said that all residents should
take advantage of the existing kerbside recycling programs for the
benefit of our environment. There is a weekly collection of glass,
plastics, steel, aluminium and cartons.
This program, together
with the fortnightly paper and cardboard collection is well accepted
by residents. Council also runs an Annual Hard and Green waste collection.
In 1999 22% of the collected material was either recycled or mulched.
Monash Council co-ordinates
over 25 "Clean Up Australia Day" sites each year on the first Sunday
in March. The day offers a fantastic opportunity for residents,
schools and community groups to participate in cleaning up their
local park or reserve. This annual clean up has proved an excellent
way to reduce the rubbish and pollutants that would otherwise end
up in creeks or Port Phillip Bay via the stormwater drains.
Arbour Week is another
important event where Council encourages participation by local
schools by funding tree planting days in reserves and waterways.
Agenda 21 issues are also
being addressed by Council with a focus on energy conservation in
Council buildings and a commitment to incorporating smart design
into new and renovated Council buildings. Waste Mangement is also
an issue being reviewed under Agenda 21 guidelines.
Do you have any ideas
on assisting sustainability in your local environment?
Ph: (03) 9518 3416