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Cleaner communities in Victoria

By Matt Hurlston

Victoria is cleaning up its act.

In a recent Victorian government press release, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment, Anthony Carbine announced a new system for waste and resource recovery.

"This long-term waste plan will help us ensure cleaner communities and a better quality of life now and into the future," he said.

Mr Carbines said that Victoria will be able to better manage and ultimately reuse waste, benefiting the state's communities, environment and economy with the creation of new jobs.

These changes create a compelling argument for a positive effect on Carnegie real estate.

Why the changes?

In the most recent Victorian Local Government Annual Survey (2010 – 2011), statistics show that residents collectively produced more than two million tonnes of kerbside rubbish, which was an increase of over 35 per cent since 2000.

The cost of managing all this garbage isn't cheap.

According to the Annual Survey, the cost to local governments was more than $317million, and that is excluding waste collected by non-government contractors.

The last census results revealed that Melbourne's population increased by 9.7 per cent between 2006 and 2011, and it's still growing, which indicates that the amount of waste produced is only going to increase.

Trash into treasure

According to the City of Melbourne, advancements have already begun.

"We're taking the unwanted scraps from thousands of meals and coffees and using them as compost for our parks and gardens," said Cr Arron Wood, chair of Council's Environment Portfolio.

The compost scheme is only the first step in a three-year plan to increase recycling and decrease waste to landfill.

Where to for property in Bentleigh?

Improved waste and resource recovery will only make Bentleigh an even better place to live.

If you're interested in purchasing property in Bentleigh, get in touch with Matt Hurlston at Ray White Carnegie. His knowledge of the market could be useful for finding a property that suits your wants and needs.

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