Waste Management Groups
There are 13 waste management groups in Victoria, 12 covering regional areas and one which covers metropolitan Melbourne. The 12 regional waste management groups (RWMGs) encompass Victoria's 49 regional and rural municipalities, while the Metropolitan Waste Management Group (MWMG) encompasses the 30 Melbourne metropolitan municipalities.
Waste management groups are Victorian State Government statutory authorities, established under amendments in 1996 and 2006 to the Environment Protection Act1970. The Environment Protection Act 1970 is available online at the Victorian Law Today Library.
The specific responsibilities of the groups are set out below.
Regional waste management groups (RWMGs)
In partnership with their member councils, the role of RWMGs is to:
- plan for waste management and resource recovery facilities and services in their regions
- coordinate the activities of their member councils to give effect to state policies, strategies, and programs relating to waste
- facilitate and foster best practices in waste management.
To achieve this, RWMGs are required to produce a 5-yearly regional waste management plan (RWMP) which sets a strategic direction for waste policy in the region, in line with current state government waste policy, and also includes a landfill schedule for the region. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has responsibility for review and endorsement of these plans, and more detail on EPA requirements for these plans is available here.
RWMGs are also required to produce an annual business plan outlining objectives and priorities for the next three years, financial projections for the period, a budget for the next financial year, and which actions will be undertaken in the next financial year. This business plan must be consistent with the current business plan of Sustainability Victoria and is submitted to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change for approval. These plans are available from each RWMG.
The Association of Victorian Regional Waste Management Groups (AVRWMG) is the groups' peak body. The AVRWMG provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, views and information, and a vehicle to assist government in the development of policies and practices in waste management and sustainability in Victoria. For more information about the association, see www.avrwmg.org.au.
Metropolitan Waste Management Group (MWMG)
In partnership with their member councils, the role of the MWMG is to:
- facilitate the provision of waste management services and facilities by metropolitan councils
- enter into contracts and arrangements to develop and facilitate waste management services and facilities contracts for metropolitan councils
- manage contracts and arrangements between metropolitan councils and the providers of waste management services and facilities to those metropolitan councils
- promote, commission and undertake research into municipal waste management and resource efficiency on behalf of metropolitan councils
- advise metropolitan councils on best practices in municipal waste management and resource efficiency
- promote improved waste management and resource efficiency technologies
- coordinate and support community education programs relating to waste management and avoidance in metropolitan Melbourne
- assess the need for, and plan for, municipal waste management infrastructure and landfills in metropolitan Melbourne
- generally provide support to the Metropolitan Waste Management Forum to enable it to perform its functions.
To achieve this, the MWMG works with other state government agencies on the implementation of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (SWRRIP). The SWRRIP identifies actions to help achieve government waste policy targets and intentions for metropolitan Melbourne. It provides guidance on the recovery and reuse of different materials, and options for Victoria to become a flagship state for progress in resource recovery technology and improved recycling and resource efficiency.
MWMG is also required to produce an annual business plan outlining objectives and priorities for the next three years, financial projections for the period, a budget for the next financial year, and which actions will be undertaken in the next financial year. This plan is submitted to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change for approval. These plans are available from each RWMG.
For further information see the Metropolitan Waste Management Group website.