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Infrastructure Victoria has released its early findings for public comment in developing advice to government on how we can build a better recycling and resource recovery industry for Victoria.

Our paper – Recycling and resource recovery infrastructure: Evidence base October 2019 – outlines the options that are available to create a strong, sustainable recycling and resource recovery industry.

We’re now seeking submissions until Friday 13 December. We will use feedback we receive to inform our final advice to the Special Minister of State due in April 2020.

About the evidence base

Infrastructure Victoria has examined the state of the waste sector, looked at what works across the country and around the world, undertaken technical analysis and consulted with local government, industry and the community.  As a result, we have identified opportunities for investment, new processes and community action to support Victoria’s recycling and resource recovery sector. These include:

  • developing a clear, overarching policy framework including recycling targets and waste-to-energy
  • examining incentives and price signals for business and industry to improve their recycling performance
  • supporting councils to implement consistent approaches to sorting and collection, helping to reduce contamination in household recycling collection
  • separating food and garden waste from other materials to get more out our of organic waste
  • better planning, locating and protecting waste management sites
  • working with the Commonwealth and other states to increase consistency and reduce packaging and single use plastics
  • increasing the use of recycled materials by eliminating barriers and updating government procurement guidelines.

More information on these options is available in our report Recycling and resource recovery infrastructure: Evidence base October 2019. Supporting this report is a range of technical work including the following:

  • Inter-jurisdictional analysis – an assessment of recycling and resource recovery practices, technologies and markets in other states and around the world
  • Sector mapping and market design – an analysis of the Victorian recycling and resource recovery market design
  • Materials flow analysis – an analysis of waste flows, material market values, value add opportunities and fates of materials in the Victorian waste and resource recovery sector
  • Infrastructure analysis – sets out the context for planning, funding, construction and operation of infrastructure under different policy and investment scenarios
  • Legislative and regulatory settings – an examination of the legislative and regulatory settings in place in the sector
  • Community research – analysis of community attitudes and perceptions on recycling and resource recovery.

Make a submission

We are now seeking feedback on our work. We welcome feedback on all aspect of the report, but in particular we invite responses to these specific questions:

  • Have we identified the right outcomes for Victoria to aim for?
  • Have we identified the most effective potential actions for government to take?
  • Which, if any, of the initiatives implemented in Wales would you like to see applied in Victoria?
  • What do you think of the market design opportunities proposed to improve waste sector outcomes and efficiency?
  • Where do you think government should focus their efforts to increase recycling and resource recovery? (for example, through setting targets, promoting consistency or funding local councils?)
  • Which materials or infrastructure types present the most opportunity in your region?
  • What is a legislative barrier or enabler that you have encountered when trying to use recycled materials?

To make a submission, please complete the following form:

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Submissions

About the advice

Infrastructure Victoria has been asked to provide advice to government on recycling and resource recovery infrastructure in Victoria. Specifically, the government is seeking advice on the infrastructure that would be required and the role for government in providing support to:

  • develop Victoria’s re-processing sector for recycled material, particularly those that currently rely heavily on overseas markets such as plastics
  • better enable the use of products containing recycled materials in a variety of Victoria industries, such as manufacturing, construction and agriculture
  • support a waste to energy sector that prioritises the extraction of recyclable material and recovers energy only from the residual waste (i.e. without diverting waste from reuse or recycling)
  • support high levels of resource for organics, particularly food organics.

Terms of reference provided by the Special Minister of State set out the scope of the advice in more detail.

Infrastructure Victoria’s advice to government is due in April 2020.

Timeline

April 2019

Victorian Government issues request for advice

October 2019

Infrastructure Victoria submits interim report

April 2020

Infrastructure Victoria submits final advice and recommendations to government

Infrastructure Victoria Recycling and resource recovery infrastructure Evidence base report - October 2019
Recycling and resource recovery infrastructure analysis - Arup October 2019
Waste advice community research - Quantum Market Research July 2019
International and Australian comparisons - Alphabeta September 2019
Victorian Waste Flows - Blue Environment October 2019
Opportunities to improve investment in the Victorian waste economy - Centre for Market Design September 2019
Legislative and regulatory review - Infrastructure Victoria October 2019
Consultation summary - Infrastructure Victoria October 2019
Terms of reference - Advice on Recycling and Resource Recovery Infrastructure