A Memorandum of Understanding has been entered into by Citywide to explore participation in a state-of-the-art Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in Victoria. This follows the signing of an agreement with the project’s participants.
Kingston Council has voiced its “deep disappointment” that the Victorian Planning Minister has given an 11th hour approval for a concrete crushing facility to remain in Kingston’s Green Wedge for a further 10 years.
The National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) has said that the three new funds in the Victorian state budget yesterday that are in addition to the Recycling Victoria allocation is a positive move for the industry.
Victoria now boasts a $7 million Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre with an initial focus on reducing food and organic waste. This work will build off Sustainability Victoria’s Love Food Hate Waste program that has helped reduce the 250,000 tonnes of edible food that is thrown away by households each year – enough to fill Melbourne’s Eureka Tower.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio launched the Centre, stating that that it will fast-track Victoria’s recycling revolution. She said the Centre will work with a variety of businesses – from farms and cafes to factories and appliance shops – to streamline the way they operate, reduce waste, and improve efficiency.
“This new centre will spark innovation and help businesses to make sustainable changes and reduce waste.” “This will gather some of the best minds and research about recycling innovation, so that Victorian businesses can get the most out of their materials.”
The centre will do research and offer expert advice and resources through a virtual hub, facilitate collaboration and events, and offer grants and support for businesses. To mark the launch of the centre, the first round of the $10 million Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund has opened. The fund will help businesses, industry groups and not-for-profit organisations to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste to landfill, increase recycling and reduce their operating costs.
Meanwhile, the first round of the $3 million Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund is also now available. This funding will support partnerships between businesses, industry groups, research institutions, community groups and charities to identify, develop and scale-up more environmentally sustainable opportunities and business models. The centre is part of Recycling Victoria – the Government’s action plan and investment of more than $300 million to transform the state’s recycling sector, create thousands of jobs and set Victoria up for a more sustainable future.
The response to Victoria’s proposed CDS model has been strong with the WARR industry united in its support.
As Victoria overhauls its recycling system, 17 organisations will now share in more than $560,000 through its Investment Support Grants.
As Victorians celebrate their release from lockdown, the Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA) wants the Government to open transfer stations and metals recycling to the public “as soon as possible”.