Commercial and industrial waste
Commercial and industrial (C&I) waste is waste generated by businesses, government and industry.
Metropolitan Melbourne generates 3.3 million tonnes of C&I waste annually. About 72% is recovered with the remainder (about 926,000 tonnes) sent to metropolitan landfills licensed to accept commercial waste.
The C&I waste sent to landfill represents a substantial untapped opportunity to improve business efficiency, lower reliance on landfill and virgin materials, and reduce the environmental impacts of waste.
Projects funded through MWRRG’s commercial and industrial waste partnership project, show waste can be repurposed into valuable commodities:
- Asphalt made from soft plastics is improving road quality and reducing carbon emissions.
- Expanded polystyrene is recycled using a moulding machine to turn it into new products.
- Recovered waste is used in new product designs through design expertise for organisations.
- A roof tile made from waste vinyl coated fabric with the potential to solve a worldwide recycling problem with a high quality, value added product.
- An education campaign boosts food and green waste recycling at Queen Victoria Market.
Commercial and industrial waste case studies
This case study highlights how education and communication helped Queen Victoria Market increase food waste recycling from 50 to 66 per cent amongst stallholders.
This partnership project shows innovation in a roof tile made from waste vinyl coated fabric — brand new to the Australian market.
Case study: RMIT: Designing new products using waste materials Case Study 736 KB
In partnership with MWRRG, RMIT set up the Recycling Incubator to provide design expertise for organisations seeking to make recovered waste a key material in new product designs.
Case study: Polyfoam Australia recycling polystyrene Case Study 400 KB
Expanded polystyrene can be recycled using a moulding machine and tool to turn it into a recovered material for export and new products.
This partnership project shows how hundreds of thousands of soft plastics can be recycled and used in roads. Trials show asphalt made from soft plastics improves the quality of the road and reduces its carbon footprint.
ASPIRE is an online matchmaking tool using innovative software, for material resource exchange that would otherwise be discarded, by bringing different parties together to exchange value. With funding from the Victorian Government, MWRRG was able to support the initial design and launch the ASPIRE project in 2016.
Last updated: 29/09/2021