Recycled content procurement

Local government recycled procurement report

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.

However, there are a range of barriers to increasing procurement. The report contains recommendations to increase council procurement of recycled content, including provision of more information, increasing council confidence and requiring procurement of these products in tender specification and evaluation criteria.

This report is based on findings from the 2019 Local Government Recycled Procurement Survey. It will assist councils and state government meet objectives in the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan and Recycling Victoria: a new economy to increase the use of recycled materials.

Download the Local government recycled procurement report

Photo: Wetland boardwalk made with recycled content. Courtesy of City of Stonnington. 

What is recycled content?

Recycled content is material that has been recovered, reprocessed, and recycled in the creation of a new product. Materials include those diverted from the waste stream during a manufacturing process, or after use by households, businesses or industrial facilities.

Examples of products made with recycled content include:

  • office stationery and toilet paper made with recycled paper
  • outdoor furniture, decking and bollards made with recycled plastic
  • mulch and compost made with recycled food and green waste
  • roads and footpaths made with recycled plastic, glass and printer cartridges.

Why procure products made with recycled content?

Victoria’s ambitious resource recovery targets and the national ban on waste exports mean that we must process and use more recycled materials locally.

Strong end markets for recycled materials such as glass, food and green waste, paper and cardboard recovered via councils’ kerbside collections will ensure a more resilient recycling sector in Victoria.

Significant opportunities exist to increase use of recycled content in local government infrastructure and urban design projects.

Download the Local government recycled procurement report

  • Local government recycled procurement report Report 1.9 MB

    To support councils increase their use of products made from recycled content, MWRRG has released a report on the barriers and opportunities to procurement. This report is based on findings from the 2019 Local Government Recycled Procurement Survey.

More information

Sustainability Victoria’s Buy recycled directory lists local products containing recycled content.

Last updated: 19/04/2021