Statewide waste planning

Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan

The Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (state infrastructure plan) is led by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government. The state infrastructure plan was released on Friday 12 June by Parliamentary Secretary for Environment, Anthony Carbines - view the media release. You can also view the SV media release distributed Monday 15 June.

The state infrastructure plan will be implemented in consultation with the community, local and state government, waste and resource recovery groups (WRRGs) and industry.

To learn more about the state infrastructure plan and its purpose, how it was developed and how it will be implemented see the documents below, or read further on this web page.

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Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan Victoria 2015-44

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Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan Victoria 2015-44

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Snapshot: Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan Victoria 2015-44
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Frequently Asked Questions: Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan

What’s next and how do I get involved?

The Victorian Government, led by the WRRGs and supported by SV, will establish seven regional waste and resource recovery implementation plans to capture the needs and priorities of each region of Victoria by consulting with local communities, councils and industry and ensuring the waste needs of those regions are met.

People are encouraged to sign up to register their interest and receive updates and information about the development of the plans and other consultation opportunities at Sustainability Victoria’s community consultation website participate.sustainability.vic.gov.au/

What is the purpose of the state infrastructure plan?

The state infrastructure plan provides Victoria with the long term vision and roadmap to guide future planning for waste and resource recovery infrastructure to achieve an integrated system that:

  • effectively manages the expected mix and volumes of waste
  • reflects the principles of environmental justice to ensure that impacts on the community, environment and public health are not disproportionately felt
  • supports a viable resource recovery industry
  • reduces the amount of valuable materials going to landfill.

Why develop a state infrastructure plan?

It is critical to plan for future waste and resource recovery infrastructure needs to ensure essential services are accessible to all members of the community and maintained with care for the environment. Victoria’s waste and resource recovery system provides services essential to the community to manage waste and material streams. They are as important as other essential infrastructure such as roads and those that supply water and electricity to maintain the functionality of Victoria.

Victoria's population is growing fast. Since 2000 the population has grown from 4.8 to 5.8 million. By 2043 we anticipate a population of 8.9 million. As a consequence, the amount of waste being generated and requiring management is also increasing. At the current rate of increase, by 2043 total waste generation will rise from 12.2 to 20.6 million tonnes per year.

In 2011-12 over 8 million tonnes of valuable material was recovered from waste streams in Victoria, representing a 66% recovery rate, however 4.1 million tonnes were still sent to landfill. If not managed properly, the materials going to landfill can have a significant impact on communities and environment now and in the long term. They also contain valuable resources which, if recovered, would create jobs, add value to the Victorian economy and minimise potential adverse impacts to community, environment and public health.

SV has undertaken an economic assessment of the options for waste and resource recovery and an analysis for the transport impacts arising from the movement of waste and materials. Download the documents below to read more about this economic assessment and next steps.

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Economic Assessment 2014: Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan Victoria 2015-44
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Economic Assessment 2014: Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan Victoria 2015-44

How will the state infrastructure plan be implemented?

To ensure the investment and infrastructure needs are met, the state infrastructure plan and a number of initiatives have been developed. When implemented together, they will ensure Victoria can achieve a first class integrated waste and resource recovery system. These initiatives are listed in the diagram and more information about each is below:

Statewide Waste & Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan

Identify infrastructure needs and how these will be met over the next 10 years for each waste and resource recovery region (7 in total)
Read about the Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans (regional implementation plans)

Lead targeted waste education
Victorian Community and Business Waste Education Strategy

Stimulate markets for products made from recovered resources
Read about the Victorian Market Development Strategy for Recovered Resources

Improve the recovery of organic material
Read about the Victorian Organics Resource Recovery Strategy

Facilitate collaborative procurement for infrastructure and services
Read about the Collaborative Procurement Service

Facilitate investment for improved infrastructure
Read about the Investment Facilitation Service

Improve the quality, timeliness and accessibility of data
Read about the Waste Data Service

How was the state infrastructure plan developed?

The draft state infrastructure plan was released for public consultation in late 2013. The consultation asked for feedback from the community, local and state government and industry. Sixteen consultation workshops were held across the state, with over 350 attendees and the formal submission process received over 50 written submissions. Feedback from stakeholders was critical to develop the final plan.

Download the documents below for more information about the 2013 consultation.

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Consultation Summary Draft Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan
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Consultation Summary Draft Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan

Infrastructure scheduling

Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans (regional implementation plans) are currently being developed by Waste and Resource Recovery Groups (Groups). These plans must include an infrastructure schedule. The EP Act prescribes the content of each schedule, and includes existing resource recovery and landfill infrastructure as well as identifying infrastructure in the region for at least the next 10 years.

Sustainability Victoria with the waste and resource recovery Victorian Government portfolio agencies has developed an outline of process Groups to develop the Schedule for its regional implementation plan.

Download the document below to learn more.

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Outline of Process: Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Scheduling
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Word version Outline of Process: Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Scheduling

Find out more about the regional implementation plans.

More information

Contact the state infrastructure plan manager on 03 8626 8863 or at karen.wilson@sustainability.vic.gov.au