Our partners

The environment portfolio (Sustainability Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and EPA Victoria as well as the Waste and Resource Recovery Groups) provides the Victorian Government with policy advice, environmental regulation, programs to implement policies and reporting on the state of Victoria's environment.

Sustainability Victoria delivers programs to achieve the Victorian Government's policy objectives. We support and complement the work of our portfolio partners by providing advice to inform policy, and delivering programs that encourage organisations to go beyond the minimum environmental compliance requirements.

We also support and complement other departments and agencies beyond the environment portfolio including the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in its role to promote economic development and Victoria's clean tech sector.

New Victorian Waste Act and Waste Authority – a proposed model

As part of the Recycling Victoria: A new economy policy, the Victorian Government committed to developing a new waste and recycling Act and establishing a waste authority by 2021.

A new Act and authority will provide the Victorian Government with a system-wide view that will allow it to more effectively oversee the waste and recycling sector, including predicting and responding to future market shocks. This will also ensure that waste and recycling services are reliable and meet community expectations, and contribute to Victoria’s waste and recycling goals.

The Victorian Government released an Options Paper for public consultation titled Waste and Recycling legislation and governance. The public consultation opened on 12 September and closes on 16 October 2020.

Learn more about the consultation on the Engage Victoria website.

Waste and Resource Recovery Groups

There are seven Waste and Resource Recovery 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.

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.

Contact details and links to further information for the seven waste and resource recovery groups are provided below.

Contact details for Waste and Resource Recovery Groups

Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group


  • Borough of Queenscliffe Council
  • Corangamite Shire Council
  • Greater Geelong City Council
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council
  • Warrnambool City Council
  • Colac-Otway Shire Council
  • Glenelg Shire Council
  • Moyne Shire Council
  • Surf Coast Shire Council

Postal address: PO Box 82, Belmont, VIC 3216


  • Level 1, 284 Bellerine Street, South Geelong, VIC, 3220
  • 62 Gray Street, Hamilton, VIC, 3300

Ph: (03) 5223 2622

Email: info@bswwrrg.vic.gov.au

Website: www.reduce-recycle.com.au

Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group


  • Bass Coast Shire Council
  • East Gippsland Shire Council
  • South Gippsland Shire Council
  • Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Latrobe City Council
  • Wellington Shire Council


Baw Baw Technology Centre, 

107 Princes Highway, Trafalgar, VIC 3824

Postal address: PO Box 444, Trafalgar, VIC 3824

Ph:(03) 5633 2744

Fax: (03) 5633 1945

Website: www.gwrrg.vic.gov.au/

Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group


  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Moira Shire Council
  • Campaspe Shire Council
  • Greater Strathbogie Shire Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Murrindindi Shire Council

Postal address: PO Box 6919, Shepparton, VIC 3630

Office: 30 Benalla Road, Shepparton, VIC 3630

Ph: (03) 5822 1300

Website: www.gvwrrg.vic.gov.au

Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group


  • Ararat Rural City Council
  • Central Goldfields Shire Council
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • West Wimmera Shire Council
  • Ballarat City Council
  • Golden Plains Shire Council
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Moorabool Shire Council
  • Pyrenees Shire Council
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council

Postal address: PO Box 1067, Bakery Hill, VIC 3354

Office: Rear 7–17 Learmonth Road, Wendouree, VIC 3355


  • Ballarat Office Ph: 0409 093 382
  • Horsham Office Ph: 0429 327 687

Website: gcwwrrg.vic.gov.au

Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group


  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Greater Bendigo Shire Council
  • Macedon Ranges Shire
  • Mount Alexander Shire Council
  • Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Loddon Shire Council
  • Mildura Shire Council
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council

Postal address: PO Box 144, Wedderburn, VIC 3518

Office:125 High Street, Wedderburn, VIC 3518

Ph: (03) 5494 3711

Fax: (03) 5494 3491  

Website: lmwrrg.vic.gov.au

Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group


  • Banyule City Council
  • Boroondara City Council
  • Cardinia City Council
  • Darebin City Council
  • Glen Eira City Council
  • Hobsons Bay City Council
  • Kingston City Council
  • Manningham City Council
  • Maroondah City Council
  • Melton City Council
  • Moonee Valley City Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
  • Port Phillip City Council
  • Whitehorse City Council
  • Wyndham City Council
  • Yarra Ranges Shire Council
  • Bayside City Council
  • Brimbank City Council
  • Casey City Council
  • Frankston City Council
  • Greater Dandenong City Council
  • Hume City Council
  • Knox City Council
  • Maribyrnong City Council
  • Melbourne City Council
  • Monash City Council
  • Moreland City Council
  • Nillumbik City Council
  • Stonnington City Council
  • Whittlesea City Council
  • Yarra City Council


Level 4, Tower 4, World Trade Centre18–38 Siddeley Street, Melbourne, VIC 3005

Postal address: PO Box 1326, South Melbourne, VIC 3205

Ph: (03) 8698 9800

Fax: (03) 9699 3840

Website: mwrrg.vic.gov.au

North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group


  • Alpine Shire Council
  • Mansfield Shire Council
  • Benalla Rural City Council
  • Wodonga Rural City Council
  • Wangaratta Rural City Councils
  • Indigo Shire Council
  • Towong Shire Council

Falls Creek, Mount Buller, Mount Stirling, and Mount Hotham Ski Resorts

Address: Wangaratta Government Centre, Level 3, 62–68 Ovens St, Wangaratta, VIC 3677

Ph: (03) 5722 9498

Fax: (03) 5722 9655

Website: newrrg.vic.gov.au