Melbourne's population is growing and so is its waste. Federal and Victorian government legislation and policies provide the framework for MWRRG’s activities, including the delivery of effective waste management and resource recovery for metropolitan Melbourne.
Strategies that guide our work
At a national level:
The National Waste Policy was developed by the Department of the Environment to summarise the roles and responsibilities of governments.
At a state level:
The Statement of Expectations sets out the governance standards and priorities of the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change for MWRRG to help deliver the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan.
The Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Planning Framework
The Victorian Government has developed a Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Planning Framework (Division 2AB of the Environment Protection Act 1970) to assist with ensuring waste is managed in a strategic, streamlined manner with infrastructure placed in the right place at the right time. The key objectives of the framework are to:
- provide a long term strategic plan for infrastructure at state and regional levels
- facilitate the integration of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan and the Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans
- enable infrastructure planning to be integrated with land use and transport planning and policy
- enable infrastructure planning decision to be made at the appropriate level in the framework.
The Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan
As part of the framework’s objectives, the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (State Infrastructure Plan) developed by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government has the objective to provide direction for the management of waste and resource recovery infrastructure in Victoria for 30 years.
The State Infrastructure Plan will ensure waste and resource recovery services essential to meet the needs of all Victorians are available by:
- effectively managing the expected mix and volumes of waste
- reducing the amount of valuable materials going to landfill and maximising resources recovered
- supporting innovation and investment in better infrastructure to create jobs and bolster the economy
- minimising community, environment and climate change and public health impacts whilst supporting a viable resource recovery industry.
The Victorian Market Development Strategy for Recovered Resources, the Victorian Organics Resource Recovery Strategy, and the Investment Facilitation Framework are key initiatives to further support the State Infrastructure Plan to realise Victoria’s integrated waste and resource recovery system.
Hierarchy of plans in the W&RR framework (click on image to enlarge)
At a regional level:
The State Infrastructure Plan 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.
The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan
One of MWRRG’s core legislative functions is to develop a Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan that must align with the State Infrastructure Plan.
The Metropolitan Implementation Plan sets out how the waste and resource recovery infrastructure needs of the greater metropolitan Melbourne region will be met over the next 10 years.
Read more about the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan.
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 Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan that MWRRG is implementing, including:
- 25% of municipal solid waste collected via MWRRG contracts will be 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: 20/05/2020