Resource recovery is the removal or separation of materials from the waste stream for activities such as recycling, composting, and waste-to-energy generation. Resource recovery reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfill by preventing or delaying the extraction and use of virgin materials, extracts maximum benefit.
Improving the quality of material streams by reducing contamination is an important component to improving resource recovery. Contamination (or putting items in the wrong bin) can reduce the volumes and quality of materials recovered. This can then:
Improving resource recovery and reducing contamination in Victoria’s organics, commingled recycling and landfill waste streams will ensure that Victoria is:
The reasons for contamination are complicated, and need targeted, evidence-based interventions to address them. One way we have been working to address this is through our Improving Resource Recovery research project.
In 2016, eight Victorian councils successfully co-designed and tested localised interventions aimed at improving resource recovery in their kerbside collections as part of this project.
The projects were co-funded by SV and the participating councils, and included a two-day design forum where local government participants worked in groups and developed their interventions with support from a range of industry, community, research, government, and behaviour change and people-centred design experts.
The great thing about this type of event is that there’s a diverse range of participants coming together to share knowledge and collaboratively design solutions. The groups work progressively through a series of activities that shape their thinking about the ‘problem space’ and the ‘solution space’.
Design events are carefully planned out. The aim is to develop a realistic, practical solution that is the ‘best fit’ answer for the challenge at hand.
Sustainability Victoria partnered with the Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group to deliver the inaugural Victorian Waste Education Strategy Conference in Ballarat in August 2016.
The purpose of the conference was to support stakeholders to build their waste education knowledge and skills and to provide networking opportunities.
Day one provided an opportunity for eight councils that participated in the Improving Resource Recovery Project to share their stories, outcomes and lessons learnt with their peers. A summary of each project, as well as their presentations, is below.
Included a range of hands-on workshops and a panel discussion from state and local government and industry. Topics include evaluation and innovation in waste education. The presentations are below
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