Waste rebate renewed


Macedon Ranges council has renewed the reusable nappy, sanitary and incontinence product rebate program to reduce waste in landfill and assist residents in accessing affordable reusable items.

The program, which was piloted last year with more than 100 rebates given back to the community, provides up to 50 per cent back on the cost of reusable items such as cloth nappies, nursing pads, cloth pads, leak-proof and period underwear, capped at $100 for reusable cloth nappies and associated products and $50 for sanitary and incontinence products.

Council’s assets and operations director Shane Walden said the rebate not only offered an incentive to reduce waste, it would also help residents save money on essential items.

“Around 660 million disposable nappies, sanitary and incontinence products end up in landfill in Australia each year, so every little bit we can do to help reduce this number helps,” he said.

The rebate program is open until April 30 or until funds are exhausted with all Macedon Ranges residents eligible to apply.

The council has also launched a waste and recycling secondary school grant program, where secondary schools in the shire can apply for up to $2000 to tackle a waste problem at their school.

Applications for the grant program close on April 30.

Details: 5422 0333 or visit reusables or school grant program.