Organics processing procurement

Increasing the recovery of organic waste is one of four key strategic objectives set down in the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan.

To achieve this objective an organics processing network to divert Melbourne’s organic waste from landfill has been developed through collective procurement contracts in the north west, south east and east.

Collective procurement for organic waste processing secures significant, aggregated waste volumes that encourages industry to invest in best practise processing facilities. This results in maximised economic outcomes as well as reduced environmental, community and public health impacts.

The Back to Earth Initiative supports these organics processing facilities by raising community understanding of council kerbside organic recycling. 

North and west

The Northern and Western Organics Processing Contract involves 11 metropolitan councils: Banyule, Brimbank, Darebin, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Nillumbik and Wyndham. Veolia Environmental Services Pty Ltd has the contract to process organic waste collected from these council areas until 2029.

Veolia operates an in vessel processing facility at Bulla capable of processing 85,000 tonnes of organic waste a year.

Another Veolia facility at Werribee is being used as a green waste transfer station to process a further 35,000 tonnes of organic waste a year.

The Northern and Western Organics Processing Contract has the capacity to process 120,000 tonnes of organic waste per annum.

South east

South Eastern Organics Processing Contract involves eight metropolitan councils: Bayside, Cardinia, Casey, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston and Monash.

Three companies share the contract to process organic waste collected from these council areas until 2032. They are Cleanaway Pty Ltd, Veolia Environmental Services Pty Ltd and Sacyr Environment Australia Pty Ltd.

  • Cleanaway has constructed a resource recovery facility at Ordish Road in Dandenong South. The facility decontaminates, shreds, consolidates and transfers material for offsite composting.
  • Veolia operates an in vessel processing facility at Ordish Road, Dandenong South.
  • Sacyr has constructed a fully enclosed, in vessel aerobic composting and maturation facility in Villas Road, Dandenong South.

The South Eastern Organics Processing Contract has the capacity to process 260,000 tonnes of organic waste per annum.

East

The Eastern Organics Processing Contract provides for the processing of organic waste from Knox and Whitehorse councils with Van Schaik’s Bio Gro.

Bio Gro operates a resource recovery facility in Dandenong South, where material undergoes decontamination, shredding, and is then transported offsite for composting.

Overflow contracts

MWRRG has contingency and overflow arrangements in place with multiple contractors.

Overflow contract arrangements are currently in place for seven councils: Whittlesea, Yarra Ranges, Maroondah, Manningham, Melbourne, Port Phillip and Yarra.

Organics Procurement Strategy

MWRRG is in the process of developing an Organics Procurement Strategy to identify and meet current and future requirements. 

Last updated: 03/09/2020