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:
- 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
- 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
- to integrate regional and local knowledge into State-wide waste and resource recovery market development strategies; and
- 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
- 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.