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Victoria reveals shortlist for advanced waste processing facility

Veolia Environmental Services Australia, Sacyr Environment Australia Pacific Partnerships and Remondis (a consortium comprised of Pacific Partnerships and Remondis Australia, together with CIMIC Group Companies CPB Contractors and UGL) have been shortlisted for new waste management infrastructure in Victoria.

Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) is leading the tender process in partnership with 16 councils in Melbourne’s south east who are seeking an advanced waste processing alternative to landfill.

In a statement, MWRRG said it the tendering process involved 30 expressions of interest resulting in the three tenderers who have been shortlisted. It is expected that one or more 20 to 25-year contracts will be awarded by 2022, with construction starting in 2023.

$650 million investment

The new facilities are expected to attract investment of around $650 million and create temporary jobs during construction and permanent operating jobs. Landfills in the south east of Melbourne are filling up and no more are planned to be built while household rubbish in the 16 councils is projected to increase by 40% over the next 25 years.

MWRRG CEO, Jillian Riseley explained that this project will deliver an alternative to landfill. She said it will transform how household rubbish is managed, by putting it to good use instead of burying it in the ground adding that best outcomes will be achieved by minimising our waste, reusing or recycling, and then what is left over can go to advanced waste processing.

She added that these technologies have been used successfully and safely overseas for years as an alternative to landfill.

Next stage

Councils made the final decision on the shortlist following a review by MWRRG and its technical, legal and financial advisors. Veolia Environmental Services Australia, Sacyr Environment Australia and Pacific Partnerships and REMONDIS will work with the 16 councils over the next stage of the procurement to develop an advanced waste processing solution that delivers environmental, economic and social benefits to the community.

Riseley said that advanced waste processing will help the Victorian government deliver on its circular economy strategy Recycling Victoria, a 10-year plan that will completely overhaul Victoria’s recycling sector and reduce waste going to landfill. Advanced waste processing solutions will play a significant role in achieving the new target to divert 80 per cent of household rubbish from landfill by 2030.

“Advanced waste processing is a great solution for household rubbish that would normally go to landfill. We still need to continue kerbside recycling and green and food waste collection services as part of a total approach to wasting less and recycling more.”

“Advanced waste processing will do more with the resources that are being put in landfill and achieve better financial, environmental and social outcomes,” she said.