The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) 2019-22 business plan includes an increased focus on food and green waste recycling in Victoria.
Released in mid-December, the business plan builds on targets outlines in the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan.
It includes greater focus on food and green waste recycling as more councils offer food waste recycling services to residents in their jurisdictions.
MWRRG will work with the commercial and industrial sector to create awareness, change behaviour and find solutions for their food and plastic waste streams. The group will publish its Commercial and Industrial Waste Strategy and develop an action plan to support its implementation.
The plan also builds on the whole of state government approach to buffer protection and continue to support buffer protection across the state by providing technical support to regional Waste and Resource Recovery Groups on land use planning issues.
Additionally, it aims to lead the development of two new plans for waste and resource recovery hubs of state importance, following the successful completion of three hub plans in 2018-19.
Key performance indicators for reducing waste to landfill in 2019-2020 include:
- Less waste sent to landfill (tonnes);
- more materials recovered (tonnes and percentage);
- 25 per cent increase in resource recovery of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste materials by 2026;
- all metropolitan councils to have higher diversion by 2026; and
- 25 per cent more municipal residual waste recovered by 2026.
There are also targets in place to increased organic waste recovered, which include:
- 400,000 tonnes processing capacity per annum by 2021 to manage municipal food and garden waste; and
- 600,000 tonnes processing capacity by 2026 to manage municipal and commercial and industrial food and garden waste.