Hindmarsh Shire Council is aiming to progress to modify its recycling system to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
On Tuesday, February 16, the state government announced regional and rural councils would be able to apply for funds to help streamline their transition to a four bin system.
A four-stream recycling system would involve separate bins for rubbish, recycling, glass, and green waste.
A Hindmarsh Shire Council spokesperson said council was pleased the state government was supporting the efforts at local government level, but that it was still unclear what form this support would take.
"We welcome the announcement from the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change about contributing $20 million to support Rural and Regional Councils," they said.
"However we have yet to receive the details as to how these funds will be distributed and the guidelines required to be met in order to receive this funding."
The spokesperson also noted Hindmarsh Shire Council had been proactively seeking opportunities to improve its recycling.
"Hindmarsh Shire Council has recently submitted a draft transition Plan for increasing bins and waste services specific to glass, green waste, and Organics," they said.
"Council is actively researching funding opportunities in the region for a collaborative procurement process between Yarriambiack, West Wimmera, Hindmarsh Shire, and Horsham City for future waste collection services and infrastructure."
State Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio said the council's that receive the funds will have some flexibility in how they use them.
"We know every council works a bit differently and has a unique community," she said.
"That's why this funding recognises that there isn't a one-size-fits all recycling solution for rural and regional councils across Victoria."
Wimmera Mail-Times contacted Horsham Rural City Council for comment on the funding but did not receive a response.
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