Supporting councils increase recycled content procurement
To support councils increase their use of products made from recycled content, MWRRG has released a report on the barriers and opportunities to procurement.
The report found 71% of councils already procure products containing recycled content including glass, food and green waste, paper, cardboard, metals, rubber and plastics.
It found the top three drivers for procuring products with recycled content were:
- the suitability for its application
- the environmental credentials of products
- the purchaser’s personal interest in sustainability.
However, there are a range of barriers to increasing procurement. Major barriers include a lack of specifications and knowledge of products and the exclusion of recycled product clauses in tender specification or evaluation criteria.
The report makes recommendations to increase council procurement of recycled content, including the provision of more information, increasing council confidence and requiring the procurement of these products in tender specification and evaluation criteria.
This report is based on findings from the 2019 Local Government Recycled Procurement Survey which was completed by 119 council respondents. It will assist councils and state government meet objectives in the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan and Recycling Victoria to increase the use of recycled materials.
Photo: Wetland boardwalk made with recycled content. Courtesy of City of Stonnington.
Last updated: 17/09/2021