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World Environment Day – 5 June

World Environment Day – 5 June

Three new initiatives to reduce our communities’ impact on the environment are rolling out just in time for today’s World Environment Day.

  • The Victorian Government has introduced a ban on e-waste into landfills to reduce environmental contamination and help increase the amount of valuable materials recovered.
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council is a partner in the new Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy scheme to help local residents save money by reducing their energy bills.
  • The Big Green Shed has just launched a Facebook page to promote it and Council’s reduce, reuse and recycle principles

Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Ann Young said Council was working on these three projects now, as well as many others, to reduce our communities’ impact on the environment.

“Council is keen to work with our community to reduce our environmental footprint, but also to educate out local communities to make us more sustainable into the future,” she said.

She said Council had partnered with the Victorian Government to gradually build its own solar energy generation system.

“Solar panels and battery storage on Council buildings will save ratepayers $20,000 per year,” Cr Young said.

“We’ve also provided strong support to large-scale solar developments in the region, with three now up and running, and more in the planning phases,” she said.

“In fact, Council is working on six different types of solar related projects. With each of the projects, we are partnering community groups, researchers, government agencies, power suppliers and or
business.”

You can find out more about the e-waste ban now, and keep an eye on local media for more information in the lead up to the 1 July ban.

Check out The Big Green Shed’s Facebook page.

More information about Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy will be announced later in June.