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.

Read about how businesses are reducing their food waste here.

Commercial and industrial waste case studies

Last updated: 29/09/2021