Brett Hedger, Port Phillip Council & Richard Thomas, Wormlovers

Patrick Blampied 2016 Speakers

Diverting ALL waste from the Council offices: Whilst we are passionate about minimising waste, it is rare to meet someone putting that passion into practice – and at an organisational level.  Brett Hedger from City of Port Phillip has been working with Wormlovers for a few years now.

He has made it his mission to ensure ALL the waste coming out of the municipal office in St Kilda is being dealt with sustainably. Brett and the office Green Team have set up a comprehensive waste system at St Kilda Town Hall, where staff can dispose of everything from light globes, to clothing, to metals, polystyrene, paper and electronics. From there it is reused, donated, or recycled. Less than 15% of the Town Hall waste is now going to landfill, making it a leader in sustainable waste management.

And rest assured Brett will try and bring that percentage down… he recently hosted a tour of the facility with the Mayor and councillors, who were extremely impressed with the results. Through this and a range of other measures over the last few years they have achieved the council’s 2020 target for waste diversion FIVE YEARS ahead of schedule!  But that is not the end of it – the plan for the coming years is to expand their reach to include organic waste from the building events kitchen, the childcare facility on site and then on to other childcare facilities around the municipality.