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Council services data

Waste services data

This data provides insight into the amount of waste we are collecting in a year. This includes the collection of kerbside garbage, recycling, and food and garden organics bins.

The annual Towards Zero Waste data report 2021 - 2022 (PDF) provides an overview of waste data for the past financial year and shows how we are performing against local and state waste reduction targets.

  • Please note: 1 tonne is equal to 1,000kg.

    The annual tonnage of waste for 2021 to 2022 was:

    • Garbage: 29,637 tonnes
    • Recycling: 14,791 tonnes
    • Food and Garden Organics: 12,943 tonnes
  • In the year July 2021 to June 2022 the average waste generation (in kilograms) per person and per household was as follows.

    Garbage generation

    The average garbage generation (in kilograms) was:

    • Per person per week: 3 kgs
    • Per person per year: 160 kgs 
    • Per household per week: 7kgs
    • Per household per year: 365 kgs

    Recycling generation

    The average recycling generation (in kilograms) was:

    • Per person per week: 1.5 kgs
    • Per person per year: 80 kgs 
    • Per household per week: 3.5 kgs
    • Per household per year: 182 kgs

    Food and garden organics generation

    The average food and garden organics generation (in kilograms) was:

    • Per person per week: 1.3 kgs
    • Per person per year: 70 kgs 
    • Per household per week: 3 kgs
    • Per household per year: 159 kgs

    Total waste generation (all streams)

    The total waste generation (in kilograms) was:

    • Per person per week: 6 kgs
    • Per person per year: 310 kgs 
    • Per household per week: 14kgs
    • Per household per year: 706 kgs
  • Our collection of recycling and organics has diverted 48% of all kerbside waste away from landfill. This statistic is from the 2021 to 2022 period.

  • These facilities do not stock pile any of the materials received from Council.

    Garbage, recycling and organics collection service (South of Bell Street)

    The contract for the Garbage, recycling and organics collection service (South of Bell Street) is held by Citywide. You can find out about this organisation on the Citywide website.

    Garbage, recycling and organics collection service (North of Bell Street)

    The contract for the Garbage, recycling and organics collection service (North of Bell Street) is held by our in-house waste collection team.

    Garbage disposal

    The contract for garbage disposal is held by Melbourne Regional Landfill at Ravenhall. You can find out more about this organisation  on the Melbourne Regional Lanfill at Ravenhall website.

    Garbage disposal is managed by Cleanaway. You can find out more about this organisation on the Cleanaway website.

    Recycling receiver

    The contract for the recycling receiver is held by Materials Recovery Facility at Heidelberg.

    The recycling receiver is managed by Visy Recycling. You can find out more about this organisation on the Visy Recyling website.

    Food and Garden Organics processing

    The contract for food and garden organics processing is held by Bulla Organics Facility at Bulla. You can find out more about this organisation on the Bull Organics Facility at Bulla website.

    The Food and Garden Organics processing is managed by Veolia. You can find out more about this organisation on the Veolia website.

  • Council audited a sample of kerbside garbage, recycling and food and garden organics bins in 2021 to better understand what people are putting in which bins. 

    Garbage bin

    41% of the contents of the average garbage bin is food waste. A further 3% is garden organics, both these items could be placed in the food and garden organics bin. An additonal 11% of the bin are items which could be placed in the recycling bin. This means that over half (55%) of the contents of the average garbage bin does not need to go in this bin and should not be going to landfill.

    Recycling bin

    30% of the contents of the average recycling bin is contamination (items that do not belong in this bin). This includes things like bagged garbage, bagged organics, non-recyclable rigid plastics, packaged food and clothing. These items should be placed in the garbage bin. Putting the wrong things in the recycling bin increases the cost of providing the service, increases risks to workers at the sorting facility and leads to more items being sent to landfill.

    Food and garden organics bin

    91% of the contents of the average food and garden organics bin is garden waste. A further 5.5% is food waste. Only 3.5% of the contents of the average food and garden organics bin does not belong in this bin and should be placed in the garbage bin.

Transport data

We collect data on transport in Merri-bek because it helps us make decisions and lets us know if we're meeting our transport targets, like the ones in the Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy (PDF 25Mb).

Our data might be useful to community groups. data science students, traffic engineers and state government organisations such as the Victorian Government Department of Transport.

Councils across Australia are collaborating to develop common data formats to report the types of information commonly collected by Local Government. For more information about this effort and to find out how to get involved, go on the Open Council Data website.

Animal Collection

Animals found in Merri-bek which cannot be identified through a microchip or pet registration are taken to Council’s pound, the Epping Animal Welfare Facility. 

Unfortunately, some found animals can't be re-homed, such as wild or diseased cats and dangerous dogs. Sadly, there are more unwanted and abandoned animals in the community than there are new homes.

The following tables list the statistics for cats and dogs at Council’s pound, (Epping Animal Welfare Facility).

Dogs (2022-23)

 

July to Sept

Oct to Dec

Jan to Mar

Apr to Jun

Reclaimed dogs

42      

Fostered dogs

3      

Adopted dogs

14      

Euthanised dogs

7      
 

Cats (2022-23)

 

July to Sept

Oct to Dec

Jan to Mar

Apr to Jun

Reclaimed domesticated cats

20      

Fostered semi-domesticated or domesticated cats

34      

Adopted domesticated cats

147      

Euthanised wild or diseased cats

91      

 

Dogs that are euthanised are those that are not suitable for re-homing, those that have been surrendered to Council for behavioural issues, or as a result of a court action. 

Cats that are euthanised are those not suitable for re-homing, or those that are deemed feral or diseased.

Types of cats at Council's pound

There are four types of cats at Council’s pound, which is operated by the Animal Welfare Facility in Epping.

  • Domesticated Cats - These cats are characterised as well socialised with humans and are dependent on humans for food and nurturing.
  • Semi-domesticated cats - Originally domesticated cats that have reverted to the wild and are no longer owned or kept by someone. Semi-domesticated cats may continue to live in proximity to humans and may become accustomed to their presence.
  • Wild cats - Descendants of semi-domesticated cats that have never been domesticated. Generally wary of humans and do not allow themselves to be handled; these cats scavenge for food.
  • Feral cats - No longer rely on human contact or support and have reverted to a predatory state. These cats are the greatest threat to native wildlife.

Historical Data

  • Dogs 

     

    July to Sept

    Oct to Dec

    Jan to Mar

    Apr to Jun

    Reclaimed dogs

    30

    33

    37

    38

    Fostered dogs

    2

    1

    2

    2

    Adopted dogs

    8

    5

    12

    7

    Euthanised dogs

    3

    0

    2

    6

     

    Cats 

     

    July to Sept

    Oct to Dec

    Jan to Mar

    Apr to Jun

    Reclaimed domesticated cats

    10 16 20 20

    Fostered semi-domesticated or domesticated cats

    50 78 66 37

    Adopted domesticated cats

    114 93 150 146

    Euthanised wild or diseased cats

    52 56 53 45
  • Dogs

     

    July to Sept

    Oct to Dec

    Jan to Mar

    Apr to June

    Reclaimed dogs

    38 37 37 33

    Fostered dogs

    5 1 1 1

    Adopted dogs

    10 16 8 7

    Euthanised dogs

    8 6 6 4

    Cats

     

    July to Sept

    Oct to Dec

    Jan to Mar

    Apr to June

    Reclaimed domesticated cats

    14 16 15 15

    Fostered semi-domesticated or domesticated cats

    53 130 143 85

    Adopted domesticated cats

    109 100 166 222

    Euthanised wild or diseased cats

    57 97 74 69

     

  • Dogs

     

    Jul-Sep

    Oct-Dec

    Jan-Mar

    Apr-Jun

    Reclaimed dogs

    22 43 37 24

    Fostered dogs

    1 4 1 7

    Adopted dogs

    22 12 10 11

    Euthanised dogs

    4 8 9 9

    Cats

     

    Jul-Sep 

    Oct-Dec

    Jan-Mar

    Apr-June

    Reclaimed domesticated cats

    8 8 9 15

    Fostered semi-domesticated or domesticated cats

    40 99 109 54

    Adopted domesticated cats

    121 132 274 168

    Euthanised wild or diseased cats

    111 124 130 73