Advanced waste processing

Finding a smarter solution for household rubbish

MWRRG is leading a group of councils in Melbourne’s south east to seek proposals from industry for a smarter way to deal with household rubbish.

The project will deliver a vital alternative to landfill that will transform how household rubbish is managed by putting it to good use, instead of burying it in the ground.

Advanced waste processing solutions will play a significant role in achieving the Victorian Government's new target to divert 80 per cent of household rubbish from landfill by 2030.

Visit the smarter solution website to find out more about the advanced waste processing project.



MWRRG has commenced the largest tender for new waste management infrastructure ever undertaken for Melbourne councils—a procurement for advanced waste processing solutions.

This is the first collective tender on behalf of councils for an alternative solution to landfill.

The procurement will focus on the financial, environmental and social outcomes councils want to achieve rather than specify a technology. It will be up to bidders to recommend proven and appropriate solutions, and to demonstrate how they deliver on councils’ objectives.

The business case for advanced waste processing in Melbourne

In 2018, MWRRG published a business case for advanced waste processing, funded by the Sustainability Fund.

The Metropolitan Regional Business Case for Advanced Waste Processing demonstrates that advanced waste processing is a viable alternative to deal with Melbourne’s growing municipal waste and can reduce Melbourne’s reliance on landfill.

What we found:

  • Advanced waste processing can recover more resources from waste currently sent to landfill and help keep more waste out of landfill.
  • Food and garden organics recycling is important, but some form of energy recovery will be required to achieve objectives. 
  • Advanced waste processing will deliver environmental and social benefits.


Executive Summary

Executive Summary


Regional Business Case

Regional Business Case


Next steps

Starting with an Expression of Interest, the procurement process will take approximately two years to reach a final tender to design, build and operate an advanced waste processing facility to process household rubbish.

MWRRG will continue to work with councils across Melbourne to explore the opportunities available through advanced waste processing.


Last updated: 29/09/2020