Strategic framework

MWRRG works to minimise waste and maximise resource recovery in Melbourne. The Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Planning Framework provides the context for our work. The framework ensures waste is managed in a strategic, streamlined way with infrastructure placed in the right place at the right time. Key policies and plans within the framework include:

The National Waste Policy provides a national framework for waste and resource recovery in Australia. It outlines roles and responsibilities for collective action by businesses, governments, communities and individuals.

Recycling Victoria: a new economy

By 2046, Victoria is expected to produce 40% more waste than it did in 2017–18. Recycling Victoria: a new economy is the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy and 10 year action plan that will address this challenge and improve our recycling sector.

Statement of Expectations sets out the governance standards and annual priorities of the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change for MWRRG to help deliver Recycling Victoria: a new economy.

We are working closely with councils to implement a range of Recycling Victoria initiatives. Our timeline highlights key dates for change for councils, from Recycling Victoria and national policy, to 2027.

The Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan

The Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (SWRRIP) is the Victorian Government’s 30 year roadmap to improve Victoria’s waste and recycling infrastructure. The SWRRIP aims to create an integrated waste and recycling system that maximises the opportunities to:

  • reprocess and use recycled materials
  • reduce the need for raw materials
  • send less waste to landfill.

The SWRRIP is supported by the development of seven Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans, including the Metropolitan Implementation Plan, which outline a path for meeting specific regional and local needs.

Recycling Victoria: a new economy requires Sustainability Victoria to prepare a new plan that will replace the SWRRIP. The new plan will be called the Victorian Recycling Infrastructure Plan (VRIP).


Waste and resource recovery planning framework in metropolitan Melbourne

Waste and resource recovery planning framework in metropolitan Melbourne

Plan Melbourne

The Victorian Government’s Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 and accompanying five year implementation plan sets out how Melbourne will accommodate future growth and be a competitive, liveable and sustainable city.

Plan Melbourne includes a number of targets from the Metropolitan Implementation Plan, including:

  • 25% of municipal solid waste collected via MWRRG contracts is recovered and managed via advanced resource recovery facilities and diverted from landfill
  • 95% of new multi-unit developments will accommodate resource recovery collections
  • securing 600,000 tonnes of organic waste processing capacity for Melbourne by 2026.

Last updated: 28/01/2022