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Sustainability Victoria releases new resource recovery technology guide

22 May 2018

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A comprehensive new guide detailing current and emerging resource recovery technologies was released today by Sustainability Victoria, its CEO Stan Krpan said.

“As Victoria’s population and waste generation grows, there is a need to find new and productive uses for our waste,” he said.

“With this Resource Recovery Technology Guide, we have analysed both current and emerging resource recovery technologies to support government and industry to make decisions about the most appropriate technology to suit their needs,” Mr Krpan said.

“In providing a summary of available technologies, their associated waste streams, regulatory requirements and potential costs, we want to make it as easy to understand guide to technologies that will help guide decisions that are better for the environment and the community across various waste streams.” said Mr Krpan.

Technologies discussed in the Guide include traditional material recovery facilities, complex mixed facilities, mechanical and biological treatment as well as energy from waste and advanced fuels produced from waste.

“Some of these technologies have the potential to continue our move away from landfills, especially for residual l waste which cannot be recycled and ends up in landfill. We know that resource recovery creates many new jobs and drives investment in regional communities,” he said.

“Victoria is thinking circular and we are committed to improving the way we manage our waste and generating value from our resources. This Technology Guide points us on the new directions and opportunities some of which are already being used and some which we may borrow that have been successful overseas,” Mr Krpan said.

Sustainability Victoria also today released a revised Guide to Biological Recovery of Organics to assist in understanding the regulations, requirements and best practice methods in the biological processing of organics.

“Organic wastes make up a large proportion of the waste generated in Victoria and the recovery of organics offers a significant opportunity to reduce the environmental impacts of landfill,” Mr Krpan said.

“From feedstocks and technologies, to the costs and planning involved in organics processing solutions, this revised guide is a one stop shop for local government, industry and community groups to understand the biological recovery of organics,” said Mr Krpan.

“We have heard from local government that there is a great need for authoritative information and guidance on processing technologies and newer advanced resource recovery. The guides will help them make optimal decisions but also helps educate the community on technologies and the considerations that apply. We worked with industry experts to create a really practical guide that we hope is used widely.”

Greater resource recovery, including organics, is a key waste management priority of Sustainability Victoria’s Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan which provides the state with the long term vision and roadmap to guide future planning for waste and resource recovery infrastructure to achieve an integrated waste management system.

Media enquiries: Hannah Grant, Hannah.Grant@sustainability.vic.gov.au, 0437 343 121

About Sustainability Victoria

Established under the Sustainability Victoria Act 2005, Sustainability Victoria is a statutory authority that facilitates and promotes environmental sustainability in the use of resources.  Sustainability Victoria provides practical ideas and advice to act on climate change use resources wisely.