Invest in organics

Last updated: 5 October 2021

In Victoria, organic waste is the second largest waste stream by weight. It contributes to at least 50% of household garbage by weight and 25 to 30% of industrial waste. It makes up over 25% of all waste landfilled in Victoria. There is significant opportunity to address this and improve the way we use recycled organic products.

Organic matter, including organic wastes, can be converted into a range of soil and plant growth enhancement products and bioenergy for use in:

  • agriculture
  • horticulture
  • roadside
  • urban amenity.

Read more about investing in bioenergy.

The increase in supply

Organics have been identified as a priority waste stream under Recycling Victoria policy, with targets for landfill diversion and resource recovery as follows:

  • a 50% reduction in landfilled organics by 2030 (20% by 2025)
  • all Victorian households to have access to Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) bin by 2030.

This policy driven boost to supply coupled with new markets for recycled organics is creating attractive infrastructure investment and market development opportunities for investors.

Read the Recycling Victoria policy.

Opportunities

  • Victoria’s agricultural sector accounts for a third of Australia’s food production and the market for recycled organic products in Victoria is significant
  • Market development is required to support the increased supply of recycled organic products entering the market.
  • Victoria has committed to building strong markets for products made from recovered organic waste (such as compost), through the Markets Acceleration Program.
  • Significant support and funding is being provided to industry to strengthen and develop markets for recycled organics products.
  • There are opportunities in composting, including open windrow composting capacity in regional Victoria and in-vessel composting capacity in metropolitan Melbourne.

For information on innovative packaging streams such as bioplastics, biodegradable and compostable packaging, visit the APCO website.

Stay up to the date

For the latest investment opportunities and material commodity prices, read our regular Recovered Resources Market Bulletin.

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Graphs and data

Organics waste generation sector breakdown
Waste generation by tonnes (2018-19)
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Organics waste Tonnes
Commercial and Industrial 1320358
Construction and Demolition 285351
Municipal 1148778

For more information on waste data, view our waste data, insights and tools.

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