Waste and Resource Recovery Groups

There are seven waste management groups (WRRGs) in Victoria.  WRRGs are Victorian State Government statutory authorities established on 1 August 2014 by s49C(1) of the Environment Protection Act 1970.  The WRRGS succeeded the former Regional Waste Management Groups (RWMGs).

The Environment Protection Act 1970 is available online at the Victorian Law Today Library.

Contact details for the seven waste management groups.

The objectives of a Waste and Resource Recovery Group are:

  1. to undertake waste and resource recovery infrastructure planning to meet the future needs of its waste and resource recovery region while minimising the environmental and public health impacts of waste and resource recovery infrastructure; and
  2. to facilitate efficient procurement of waste and resource recovery infrastructure and services for its waste and resource recovery region through the collective procurement of waste management facilities and waste and resource recovery services in the region; and
  3. to integrate regional and local knowledge into State-wide waste and resource recovery market development strategies; and
  4. to educate businesses and communities within its waste and resource recovery region to reduce waste going to landfill by using waste and resource recovery infrastructure and services efficiently; and
  5. to ensure Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans and programs are informed by local government, business and community and inform State-wide waste and resource recovery planning and programs.

In seeking to achieve their objectives the Groups are required to collaborate with councils, Sustainability Victoria, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), industry, business and the community.

The Groups have a legislative responsibility to each develop their Regional Waste Resource Recovery Plans (RWRRIPs) to set out how the waste and resource recovery needs of their region will be met over a 10 year period.

The RWRRIPs will align with and be integrated into the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (SWRRIP). The SWRRIP identifies long term strategic directions to inform and guide planning for waste and resource infrastructure. It will also provide 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.