Business & Investment

Recycled organics market development

Recycled organic products are produced by processing garden and food wastes collected from homes and businesses across Victoria. Products include composts, soil conditioners and mulches.

Markets for recycled organic products are currently varied in their maturity, stability and degree of penetration. The main market is the urban amenity market (such as landscaping). Future market opportunities exist in agriculture markets, for example vegetables and broad acre cropping, where there is potential for large scale use of recycled organic products.

Building market confidence in recycled organic products will over time increase demand for these products. To achieve this, it is essential that recycled organic products are highly visible within the market, well understood both in their potential uses and long term benefits, and are fit for purpose and of high and consistent quality.

Our Recycled Organics Market Development program supports the development of the compost industry and markets for recycled products in three key areas:

Industry Development

We are working with Compost Victoria, as the peak body in Victoria for recycled organics processors, to achieve a coordinated compost industry that is operating under an agreed and coordinated market development strategy.

Product Effectiveness

We are collating evidence that shows the appropriateness, applicability and affordability of recycled organic composts, soil conditioners and mulches, and improving the design, execution and consistency of field trials.

Product Quality

We are working with Compost Victoria, as the peak body in Victoria to develop product specifications that accommodate the diverse needs of the markets and improve the consistency and quality of recycled organic products.

Victorian Organics Resource Recovery Strategy

The Victorian Organics Resource Recovery Strategy was released in September 2015 and provides a strategic, long-term framework for government, industry and the community to better manage organic waste.

View the full strategy.