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”.
The Latrobe City Council has rejected a proposal by Chunxing Corporation to build the state’s first lead battery recycling plant in the municipality, saying lead from the plant posed too big a risk to the community.
The Victorian Greens have called on the state government to invest in 23 new or expanded recycling factories by 2025 to meet the state’s needs and ensure high recycling rates.
More than 70 officers will join Victoria’s new Waste Crime Prevention Inspectorate to reduce waste crime. It is the largest recruitment of specialists in the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) history.
It’s taken 10 months of public consultation, referral to other agencies, technical assessment of the application and research for Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) to grant a Works Approval (WA) for the construction of a used lead acid battery (ULAB) recycling plant in Hazelwood North.
A bold plan to recycle more reusable material from metal recycling is behind the $50 million investment in the first of 11 global resource renewal facilities to be built in Campbellfield Victoria, by Sims Resource Renewal, a division of Sims Limited.
Victorian infrastructure projects which use recycled materials and create local jobs are being boosted by $2.6 million Sustainable Infrastructure Fund grants. Local Victorian governments are expected to spend more than $8 billion on infrastructure projects over the next three years, presenting a significant opportunity to increase their use of recycled materials.
Lawyers from Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) and community groups have urged the Victorian government to immediately revoke its delay of the state’s Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018, due to come into force on July 1 this year, but placed on hold potentially until December 2021.