Current strategic projects

Commercial and Industrial Waste Strategy

Increasing the recovery of commercial waste material streams is one of the key actions to support the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan 2016 (Metropolitan Implementation Plan). It falls within one of our four strategic objectives, to reduce waste sent to landfill. Commercial and industrial (C&I) waste includes waste generated from businesses, government and industry. 

There are significant opportunities for MWRRG to support and facilitate the recovery of some of the 926,000 tonnes* of C&I waste within metropolitan Melbourne that is landfilled each year.

MWRRG is developing a C&I Strategy, and has completed a number of activities including:

  • commissioning research into the current state of recovery for a range of priority materials including: food waste, plastics, autoflock, e-waste, expanded polystyrene (EPS) and mixed residual C&I waste
  • holding a C&I stakeholder workshop with consultants to discuss priority material research findings, key issues and opportunities for increasing resource recovery from C&I sources
  • commissioning an Issues and Opportunities Paper to inform the strategy and guide further stakeholder consultation.

This research is being used to develop the C&I Strategy and to plan projects that support delivery of the Metropolitan Implementation Plan.

*2014-15 figures.


Advanced Waste and Resource Recovery Technologies (AWRRT) project

MWRRG is working with councils across Melbourne to explore future options to integrate resource recovery with the management of landfills in metropolitan Melbourne.

Managing municipal residual waste through Advanced Waste and Resource Recovery Technologies (AWRRT) has the potential to recover more valuable resources from waste currently sent to landfill and to help achieve the objectives of the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan. Read more about the AWRRT project here


Local Government Buffer Support Program

MWRRG is delivering the Local Government Buffer Support Program in collaboration with local government and key State Government agencies. The program’s primary objectives are to support metropolitan local government to respond to land use planning challenges and opportunities associated with waste and resource recovery, and to define, protect and maintain buffers to waste and resource recovery facilities. Read more


RRC & TS Growth Strategy 

MWRRG is currently developing a Resource Recovery Centre and Transfer Station (RRC/TS) Growth Strategy to gain a greater understanding of how best to facilitate and support Melbourne’s RRC/TS network to maximise resource recovery and in doing so, reduce reliance on landfill disposal. 

Through the RRC/TS Growth Strategy we aim to identify ways in which to:

  • increase resource recovery, e.g. through pre-sorting
  • minimise transport through smarter consolidation of materials
  • ensure facilities operate to best practice standards and achieve a social licence to operate
  • provide affordable, accessible and easy alternatives to landfill disposal
  • aggregate materials for collection and transport to larger regional facilities and re-processors.

MWRRG anticipates that this strategy will give clear direction to the government and the market on where expanded, new or improved infrastructure is required.

The purpose of the strategy is to provide greater direction for the finalisation of the infrastructure schedule in Metropolitan Implementation Plan by detailing the required future RRC/TS waste and resource recovery infrastructure needs for metropolitan Melbourne.

ASPIRE Program  

The Advisory System for Processing, Innovation and Resource Exchange (ASPIRE) is an innovative online marketplace that intelligently matches Melbourne businesses with potential purchasers or recyclers of waste by-products. It reduces waste management costs and diverts the by-products of the manufacturing process from landfills to other alternate uses.

MWRRG, through the strategic component of the Metropolitan Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Fund, has supported the development of a Facilitator’s Kit for councils who are involved in the ASPIRE program. The kit assists these councils to introduce and promote ASPIRE to businesses in their municipalities. 

ASPIRE has been developed by the City of Kingston and implemented over the past two years in partnership with CSIRO and three other councils (Hume, Knox, Greater Dandenong). These councils have been joined by Frankston, Monash, Moreland and Darebin along with Barwon Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Group. It is hoped the number of councils participating will continue to grow.


Last updated: 10/03/2020