Current strategic projects

Bin Standardisation Project

The Bin Standardisation Guide project has been developed by MWRRG to support metropolitan councils to align their current kerbside garbage, recycling and organics bins with Standards Australia’s Mobile Waste Containers – colours, markings and designation requirements AS 4123.7-2006 (R2017). Read more


Improving resource recovery in multi-unit developments (MUDs)

MWRRG and local government are aware that resource recovery outcomes for MUDs are generally poorer than for single dwellings. Inadequate waste management in MUDs can also result in local amenity, health and safety impacts from poorly designed infrastructure and waste services including noise from use and collection of bins, odour, litter and dumped rubbish, and bins in public thoroughfares and streets.

MWRRG is undertaking an Improving Resource Recovery in MUDs Project which includes a number of actions to further understand, communicate and address inappropriately planned and serviced waste and resource recovery systems in MUDs.


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 Waste and Resource Recovery 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).


Last updated: 20/07/2017