Expression of interest starts

The search has begun to find businesses with a track record in establishing large scale advanced waste processing solutions.

Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) commenced the largest tender for new waste management infrastructure ever undertaken for Melbourne councils—a procurement for residual waste processing solutions.

We invite all bidders with a track record in establishing large scale advanced waste processing solutions to participate. The expression of interest is available at

Advanced waste processing solutions will play a significant role in achieving the Victorian Government's new target to divert 80 per cent of household rubbish from landfill by 2030.

This is the first collective tender on behalf of councils for an alternative solution to landfill.

Sixteen councils from the south east of Melbourne are involved in the tender, and together the councils collected over 490,000 tonnes of residual rubbish in 2016. This is forecast to grow to over 700,000 tonnes a year by 2046.

Although landfills are essential infrastructure for Melbourne, with our growing population we can’t rely on landfill as the only way to manage our household rubbish.

Starting with an expression of interest, the procurement process will take approximately two years to reach a final tender to design, build and operate an advanced waste processing facility to process household rubbish.

The procurement will focus on the financial, environmental and social outcomes councils want to achieve rather than specify a technology. It will be up to bidders to recommend proven and appropriate solutions, and to demonstrate how they deliver on councils’ objectives.

We are very pleased to have reached this important milestone for a smarter solution that will transform how residual waste is managed in Melbourne.


Last updated: 25/08/2020