We work with Melbourne's 31 metropolitan councils to plan for waste management and resource recovery facilities and services across metropolitan Melbourne.
Guided by waste and resource recovery strategic framework, (which includes the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan) we aim to achieve best practice siting and operation of facilities, and to ensure our waste system is well planned and coordinated in a way that supports a healthy environment for our communities.
Land use planning
Land use planning decisions play a major role in siting and operating waste and resource recovery facilities. Good planning decisions ensure that sites and facilities can safely and sustainably manage waste and maximise the opportunity for resource recovery while minimising off-site impacts on public health and amenity.
MWRRG has an important role in land use planning at both a state and local government level, including:
- having a statutory role to prepare the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan
- contributing to local government statutory and strategic planning through identifying strategic waste and resource recovery sites, engaging with local government in its consideration of planning premit applications, planning scheme amendments and Precinct Structure Plans.
- contributing to state government waste and resource recovery strategic planning such as the State Planning Policy Framework, Victorian Planning Provisions, growth areas, Precinct Structure Planning and Plan Melbourne.
Read more about the land use planning system.
Improving resource recovery in multi-unit developments (MUDs)
MWRRG and local government are aware that resource recovery outcomes for MUDs are generally poorer than for single dwellings. Inadequate waste management in MUDs can also result in local amenity, health and safety impacts from poorly designed infrastructure and waste services including noise from use and collection of bins, odour, litter and dumped rubbish, and bins in public thoroughfares and streets.
MWRRG has developed the Improving resource recovery in multi-unit developments (MUDs) toolkit, which will assist councils to adopt and implement waste management planning considerations for unit developments (3 storeys and below) into their planning approvals process. Read more.
MWRRG’s current planning projects
Local Buffer Support Program
MWRRG is delivering the Local Government Buffer Support Program in collaboration with local government and key State Government agencies. The program’s primary objectives are to support metropolitan local government to respond to land use planning challenges and opportunities associated with waste and resource recovery, and to define, protect and maintain buffers to waste and resource recovery facilities. Read more
Last updated: 20/05/2020