ENVIRO. CAMPAIGNS

Environmental Campaigns

Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management continues to drive a number of environmental campaigns, encouraging the community and visitors to be actively involved in the conservation of the alpine environment since our Environment Department was established in 2002.

We are proud of our achievements as a community. Follow the links to the left to find out more about our campaigns.

Keep Winter Cool

Climate change is effecting our precious alpine environment - but the good news is that skiers, snowboarders and snowplayers can all do something to help. Even a small change to our energy consumption now will help reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, and thus help preserve our alpine environments in the future. The biggest cause of global warming is carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere when fossil fuels such as oil and coal are burned for energy. So when you reduce your energy consumption, you fight global warming.

Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management is participating in an innovative program; using infra-red thermography and air outflow measures to locate energy leakage points in buildings throughout the resort. The imagery and other measurements will be used to determine energy efficiency objectives and ultimately direct building improvements.

You can do your bit to combat climate change when you're at the snow - here's 10 simple ways to help keep winter cool:

  • Reduce energy used for transport - share a ride or take a bus to the snow and to work.
  • Turn off lights and appliances when at home or on holiday - it is best to turn them off at the powerpoint.
  • Purchase energy efficient appliances - choose the highest energy-efficient star rating and use compact fluorescent lights.
  • Insulate your house or lodge - turn down the thermostat and use draught stoppers.
  • Cut hot water consumption - wash clothes in cold water and fit water-efficient shower heads and reducers.
  • Eco-buy - purchase greenhouse friendly products from local sources.
  • Support renewable energy sources - switch to Green Power with your electricity supplier.
  • Plant a tree - trees take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle - reducing waste reduces landfill and thus reduces production of the greenhouse gas methane.
  • Lead change at your workplace or business - Spread the word to cool global warming and keep winter cool.

Click here to learn more about Water Consumption. 

Click here to learn more about sustainability in the Alps. 

Click here to learn more about Grease and Fats at Mt Buller. 

 

North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group

Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resort Management has been a member of North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group (previously North East Victoria Regional Waste Management Group (NevRwaste) for over 10 years.

NEWRRG works in partnership with other state and local authorities to implement the State's waste management policies and strategies at a regional and local level.

Described under the Environment Protection Act 1970, NEWRRG's functions are:

  • To plan for the management of municipal waste in its region, working in partnership with the Councils in the region.
  • To coordinate the activities of its members in its region, to give effect in its region to State policies, strategies and programs relating to waste.
  • To facilitate and foster best practices in waste management.

To learn more about NEWRRG visit their website: www.newrrg.vic.gov.au.

As a member of NEWRRG, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management is part of a regional group striving for improved waste management practices. 

Why does waste matter?

The videos on the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group website demonstrate the importance of separating waste, with some great insight into where our household waste ends up. To watch the videos, click here

While the information on the videos is not specific to the Alpine Resorts, it communicates the same message encouraging us to Minimise Waste – Maximise Recovery – Remove Organics.  Resort Management has made it easy for you to actively help us in preserving and protecting our special environment.  

 

Hard Waste

Winter is fast approaching and we are all busy getting things sorted and cleaned out ready for the SNOW!. 

Please DO NOT put any hard waste items in village waste huts or on kerbside. 

This is considered illegal dumping and heavy penalties do apply.

It is also very costly for Resort staff and waste contractors to continually collect, manage and dispose of these unwanted items left in waste huts and around the village.

You are responsible for your own hard waste and you must take items to an appropriate disposal facility.

Where to take Recyclable Hard Waste:

The Resort Management Waste Transfer Station at Boggy Corner accepts domestic amounts of clean timber and steel (this does not include steel white goods) only. Bunkers are provided for the storage of these materials.

For Recyclable timber and steel ONLY:

- Clean, sorted and recyclable timber and steel can be dropped at Boggy Corner Waste Transfer Station

- Open hours: 10.00am - 11.00am every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (non-snow season only)

- Contact Waste Contractor on 0427 411 418 for any enquiries relating to Waste Transfer Station access.

Stakeholders will need to dispose of all other items at an appropriate facility (Mansfield Resource Recovery Centre is closest) at your own cost.

OTHER HARD WASTE ITEMS include:

Mattresses

Furniture (including couches/ chairs/ sofas, white goods, electrical equipment, appliances)

Ski equipment

Tyres

Batteries

Paint

Construction waste

Across Victoria, the management of waste has changed significantly.  Hard waste must now be sorted very carefully so that maximum recovery of materials is achieved.  It is now not permissible or feasible for our waste contractors to collect skips of mixed hard waste (either placed in the village, or at the Boggy Corner Waste Transfer Station).  Resort Management have been working hard with Government to ensure Alpine Resorts are recognised, and funding is made available so that the upcoming E-waste ban can be managed – if successful, there will be facilities to enable the collection of electronic waste at Mt Buller and Mt Stirling.

Despite landfill fees increasing significantly there has been no increase in the cost of overall waste disposal to stakeholders for many years, for the disposal of municipal waste to landfill and comingled recyclables to reprocessors.  There are significant cost increases that Resort Management will experience with the local impacts of the National Sword Policy imposed by China.  Unfortunately, all Resorts were excluded from accessing the funding package recently announced by the Minister.

If you have any questions or require further information about hard waste services within the Resorts, please feel free to contact Environmental Services staff at Resort Management on (03) 5777 6077 or email info@mtbuller.com.au.

 

 
The Living Bin

Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management has taken the resort's recycling to new heights via its award-winning Living Bin organics management system. In 2010 Resort Management launched its food waste recycling system as part of the Victorian Government's ‘Towards Zero Waste' strategy. The system encourages on-mountain operators to separate out organic waste, (fruit, vegetables and meat), which is collected and recycled into compost. The introduction of an onsite composting unit helps close the loop for food waste management at Mt Buller, enabling food waste to be processed at the on-mountain waste management centre and reused as compost throughout the resort. The organics management system has enabled Mt Buller to increase its total recycling rate from 41% in 2010 to 45.5% in 2013, the highest of any other alpine resort in Victoria. This figure also exceeds the target set by the North East Regional Waste Management Plan, which is to recycle 37% of all waste by 2014.

Click here to download a copy of the Living Bin Sticker. 


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