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Better Bins competition


Council is calling all young aspiring Maroondah film-makers, artists and environmentalists to submit a short 2-minute film or poster featuring their tips and reminders for proper bin etiquette and behaviour. Bin etiquette is an important part of waste management and using Council’s waste services correctly helps to keep neighbours happy and our streets clean and tidy.

Entrants whose film meets all the guidelines and demonstrates the most imaginative, innovative, and engaging strategies and initiatives to encourage and remind residents on better bin behaviours will be deemed the winner of their category. 

About the competition 

Create a short documentary film no longer than 2 minutes or a poster to remind and encourage residents to follow proper bin behaviours. There are three key points to consider when creating your entry:

  1. Place your bin out onto the kerb by 6am of collection day. Once your bin has been collected, please bring it back in within 24hrs.
  2. Please don’t overfill bins. Bins that are too heavy can damage the mechanical arm of the collection truck, try and keep your bin under 40kg. How will you know? It will be very difficult to move!
  3. The lid should be closed when placed out for collection, so please don't overfill your bins. If the bin lid is open, this can cause waste to spill out onto the ground, creating litter which can enter our natural environment. Keep bin lids closed to keep Maroondah litter free. 


  • Early Learning Centres and Kindergartens
  • Primary School (Prep-Year 6)
  • Secondary School (Year 7 – Year 12)

For primary and secondary schools, students can enter as an individual, as a class, or a group.

Early Learning Centres can enter as a centre, a class/group, or an individual.


For both the primary and secondary categories, the lucky winner(s) and their class will be rewarded with a trip to ACMI to take part in an educational workshop about filmmaking. A bus can be provided, if required. Early Learning Centres will receive incursions for their students on the topic 'Which bin does it go in?' as well as an educational kit and a one-on-one support session for staff. Winners will be drawn and notified, the week beginning 10 June.

How to enter


  1. entries open Wednesday 1 May 2019
  2. create your short film of no longer than 2 minutes
  3. save the film in an appropriate file format (see guidelines in accordian below for further details)
  4. name your video file with your school name and whether you are entering as an early learning centre, a primary or a secondary school
  5. complete the online or hard-copy entry form
  6. Competition closes 14 June 2019

Apply online


  1. entries open Wednesday 1 May 2019
  2. create your poster, no larger than A3
  3. complete the online or hard-copy entry form
  4. Competition closes 14 June 2019

Apply online

Hard copy forms

Better Bins - application form  (docx, 57KB)

If you're submitting a hard copy application, you can drop your poster/video and application form off to one of Council’s customer service centres:

  • City Offices Service Centre: Braeside Avenue, Ringwood
  • Realm, Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Highway (opposite Ringwood Station)
  • Croydon Service Centre: 7 Civic Square, Croydon.

Alternatively, submissions can be emailed to

Further information

For further information, please contact Council’s Waste Education Officer, Hannah Matthews-Prosser on 9703 5288 or email

  • You must not break any laws in the production of your film, for example handling wildlife or invading people's privacy.
  • Your film must not infringe copyright legislation, which means you may not be able to use images, music, script that is not your own original work.
  • All films must be made specifically for the Maroondah City Council’s Better Bin Behaviours Competition 2019.
  • Your film must respect people's privacy. You must obtain permission to enter or film on another person's property and anyone whose image or property appears in your film must provide written consent for this. Consent forms are available for you to download.
  • Upon submitting your entry, you agree to your film being used by Maroondah City Council in marketing, promotional and educational activities associated with them.
  • You must save your film in a format that can be played on any computer (for example the end of the file name should be .mov, .mp4 or .wmv and NOT .wlmp). We strongly recommend that you send your film to a friend or teacher and ask them to check it for you before you submit it
  • It is a good idea to name your video file with your school name, contact teacher’s name and whether you are entering as a primary or a secondary school.
  • This competition is open for primary and secondary schools in the Maroondah City Council area only. You can work as an individual, in a group with friends from your school, or as a class.
  • Multiple entries are allowed from each school however, no more than one prize will be awarded to a single school.
  • You must obtain parental permission to enter.
  • Your teacher, parent or guardian needs to give permission for you to enter the competition. If your film is shortlisted, we will give them a call to confirm they have read and agree to the competition terms and conditions (attached).
  • To enter you need to read and agree to the terms and conditions of the competition. Ask a teacher, parent or guardian to explain these to you if you do not understand.

These are the terms and conditions on which you agree to participate in Maroondah City Council’s Bin Etiquette Film Competition. Your lodgement of the Entry shall be deemed acceptance of these conditions of entry. Failure to abide by these terms and conditions may render an entrant ineligible for the competition.

Promoter details

1. The competition Promoter is Maroondah City Council (ABN XXXXXXX)

Eligibility criteria

2. Entry is open only to students up to the age of 18 at the closing date of 1st June 2019 who attend school within the area covered by the Maroondah City Council.

3. To be eligible for the Competition, Entrants must complete the entry form either online or via a hardcopy and submit their poster or film by the close of entries: midnight 1st June 2019. We recommend completing your entry submission earlier, to allow for unforeseen issues that may arise. Late entries will not be accepted.

4. Entrants must have parental/guardian consent to enter this competition and the parent/guardian of the Entrant must read and consent to be bound to these Terms and Conditions on behalf of the Entrant.

5. Entries must be made on behalf of an early education centre or school in the Maroondah City Council area. Entries may also be made on an individual basis or as part of a group. However, an early education centre or school with multiple entries may only win one prize.

6. Entrants may submit multiple entries, as long as each entry differs significantly from any others submitted by that entrant. An early education centre or school with multiple entries may only win one prize.

7. The Entrant must obtain prior written consent from the owner(s) of any property or from any person whose identifiable image appears in their film or poster and a copy of this signed consent form must be uploaded with the film.

Entering the competition: technology specifications

8. Subject to an entrant’s compliance with all other eligibility criteria an entry is deemed eligible only if the Entrant’s entire film file is uploaded as per entry instructions before closing date. Film files must be in a playable format and accompanied by an accurate and legible statement listing the Entrant's school name and year level as well as the name, phone number and/or email address of Entrant's parent or guardian as per the entry form.

9. Any entry form or supporting materials received via any other method will not be considered a valid submission.

10. All entries must follow the entry guidelines on the competition website and entrants must ensure they meet the eligibility criteria.


11. Each Entrant warrants to the Promoter that all submitted content is entirely the original artistic work of the Entrant and does not infringe the rights of any third party.

12. The entry must not feature any copyrighted materials or corporate brand marks; this includes but is not limited to logos, music, images and film footage.

Promoter's liability and indemnity

13. The Promoter, their agents, affiliates or representatives will not be liable for any late, lost or misdirected entries due to technical disruptions, network congestion or for any other reason.

14. The Promoter, their agents, affiliates or representatives, will not be liable for claims, losses, damages, injuries, costs and expenses suffered, sustained or incurred (including but not limited to indirect/inconsequential loss) as a result of, arising out of, or in any way connected with the competition and/or its prize, except for liability that cannot be excluded by law.

15. The Promoter, their agents, affiliates or representatives is not responsible for any loss, damage, cost or expense, whether direct or consequential, that arises from participation in this competition. This includes but is not limited to the costs of production of the film and internet service provider costs incurred through the online submission of competition entries.

Invalid entries

16. Incomplete, indecipherable, inaudible or illegible entries will be deemed invalid.

17. Errors and omissions in entries may be accepted at the Promoter's discretion. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Fair use of produced material

19. The Entrant retains copyright of their work.

20. The Promoter is granted non-exclusive license to reproduce, wholly or in part, the Entrant’s original submitted work in all marketing, promotional and educational activities associated with the Competition. The winner will not be entitled to any fee for such use.

21. The Entrant grants the Promoter the right to use their name, biographical information, likeness, and statements for use in marketing, promotional and educational activities in connection with Competition.

Privacy and use of personal information

22. All personal information, such as your name, address, telephone number, email address and age, is collected solely for the purposes of administering this contest and shall not be used for any other purpose without your consent. By providing this information, you consent to it being used by Maroondah City Council, and their affiliates, for the stated purposes.

Judging and notification and award of prizes

18. Each eligible entry will be individually judged based on the originality and creative merit of the film submitted, as well as the extent to which the film responds to the challenge: ‘Make a two-minute video, or create a poster about Maroondah City Councils’ bin etiquette’.

19. There will be one winner in the primary school (Prep-Year 6) and one in the secondary school (Year 7-12) categories. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

20. Winners will be notified by email or telephone within five working days from the date of judging and will be expected to host an assembly presentation at the school. In the event that the winner cannot be contacted within 10 working days from initial contact, a replacement winner will be chosen by the judging panel and the original winner will forfeit any and all right to prizes. The names of the winner and finalists will be published on the Council’s website and may be included in an article about the competition. 

21. The winner of each category will receive a Replas Buddy Bench for their school.

22. Competition prizes are non-transferable and are not exchangeable for cash. If the prize or any part of the prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond the Promoter’s control, the Promoter will endeavour but is not obliged to provide a substitute prize of equivalent value.

Conduct of entrants

23. When participating in this competition, the Entrant must not be involved in any conduct or activity that might damage the reputation of the Promoter.

24. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry which, in the opinion of Promoter, includes objectionable content, profanity, potentially insulting, inflammatory or defamatory statements, disqualify any Entrant who tampers with the entry process, who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these terms and conditions of entry or who has, in the opinion of Promoter, engaged in conduct in entering the competition which is fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of the competition, competition Sponsor and/or Promoter.

Legal requirements

25. All activity associated with the Competition must comply with State and Federal laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Environmental Protection Act, 1994.

Promoter rights

26. The Promoter reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions if this competition cannot be run as originally planned. The Promoter may also cancel or suspend this competition if an event beyond the control of the Promoter corrupts or affects the administration security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this competition. The Promoter will disqualify any individual who has tampered with the entry process or any other aspect of this competition.


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