State government investment, audit and reviews into waste and recycling sector

$35m for waste and resource recovery in Victorian budget

The Victorian Government allocated an additional $35 million for waste and resource recovery in the next budget.

The government will spend $28 million to set up a new Resource Recovery Development Fund for new recycling infrastructure. The fund will target collaborative procurement of recycling by councils and improving markets for recycled materials.

The budget will also support:

  • an extra $15 million to strengthen the Environment Protection Authority
  • $30 million to rehabilitate the Lara stockpile
  • $3.7 million to combat illegal stockpiling and hazardous waste mismanagement
  • expanding community and industry education and behaviour change programs
  • a review into the regulation of waste and resource recovery
  • use of recycled material in infrastructure projects
  • eliminating landfill costs for charities
  • a review of landfill levies.

Budget initiatives are funded from the Municipal and Industrial Landfill Levy.  Proceeds from the levy are used to first fund core activities of environmental agencies, with the balance going to the Sustainability Fund. Read the full Victorian Government Budget 2019/20.

Essential Services Commission to review recycling services

The budget provided funding to support an Essential Services Commission review into recycling services in Victoria. It will look at whether the sector should be regulated as an essential service, in the way that the water and energy sectors are regulated.

Infrastructure Victoria to deliver advice about state’s recycling infrastructure needs

Infrastructure Victoria will advise on the infrastructure required to support the re-processing and use of recycled materials, the waste to energy sector and resource recovery from organic waste.

The community and stakeholders will be consulted before the advice is delivered to government in April 2020. An interim report will be provided in October 2019.

The call for submissions from interested stakeholders with experience and expertise in the waste sector closes 28 June.

MWRRG welcomes findings of Auditor General’s report into waste and resource recovery

The audit’s final report – tabled on 6 June - considered whether the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Sustainability Victoria, the Environment Protection Authority and MWRRG are together providing strategic direction, support and effective regulation to maximise the recovery and reprocessing of resources from Victoria's waste streams.

The report made 26 recommendations, including 4 for MWRRG. MWRRG accepted the recommendations and is currently working on some of the issues raised but will refine its approach based on the findings of the report.

Read the response provided to the Auditor General, responding to the four recommendations plus the responses from the other environment portfolio agencies.

 

Last updated: 25/06/2019