The North East Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan

North East Waste and Resource Recovery RegionA plan to meet the region’s waste and resource recovery needs

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, has recently announced the approval of the plan on July 6, 2017. The final north east waste and resource recovery implementation plan is now available to download here: North East Implementation Plan July 2017.

The north east waste and resource recovery implementation plan (north east implementation plan) is a 10 year strategy to ensure the region has a practical and effective waste and resource recovery (recycling) network.

The north east implementation plan outlines our vision and strategy for managing the North East region’s waste. The plan focuses on identifying the region’s waste and resource recovery infrastructure needs and how these will be met over the next 10 years.

The north east implementation plan is part of Victoria’s waste and resource recovery infrastructure planning framework which is set out the Environmental Protection Act 1970. The figure below shows how the north east implementation plan links with the broader Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (Statewide Infrastructure Plan) and other implementation strategies.

 

What is in the Implementation Plan for North East Victoria?

The north east implementation plan looks at ways to minimise the environmental and public health impacts of waste while having a cost effective recycling system which reduces what goes to landfill.  While the plan is very detailed, it has 5 main aims for the region.  These 5 broad aims for the north east region are to:

Aim 1: Improving recycling

Why is this important?
Valuable materials (like metals, timber and glass) are still being sent to landfill. These materials are valuable and should be recovered (recycled and made into other products) instead of being buried in the ground.

What will change and how it will affect me?
Basically it means that when you go to your transfer station or resource recovery center (or ‘tip’) you will be able to recycle more things.  This is a better result for the environment and will mean you are not paying to landfill materials that can be recycled.

Aim 2: Increasing the efficiencies and cost effectiveness of recycling

Why is this important?
Because many council and alpine resorts in the north east are small and separated by distance: the cost of transport, processing of waste and recycling of materials can be difficult and expensive.  By improving the way waste and recycling is managed: through contracts, working in partnerships with other councils and alpine resorts and grouping of collection services better prices and fuel efficiencies can be achieved.

What will change and how it will affect me?
Because your council or alpine resort is likely to be working in partnership with others in the region, it means that they can collect more materials for recycling. It also means that when emergencies occur (such as fire and floods) councils and alpine resorts have the ability to access the infrastructure to deal with these events; which often create large volumes of waste.

Aim 3: Increasing the performance and safety of the waste and recycling infrastructure

Why is this important?
When infrastructure and service operations follow ‘best practice’ (which is the correct approach) recycling rates and performance improve.  This ultimately means reduced financial, social and environmental impacts across the community.

What will change and how it will affect me?
It is likely that you will see improvements to your local resource recovery centre over the coming years.  These improvements will include better and bigger areas for sorting and storing materials for recycling. In council areas where there are currently many small transfer stations these are likely to be merged into one larger, more cost effective resource recovery centre.  These larger centres will collect more materials for recycling and will likely have longer opening hours.

Aim 4: Developing a long term strategy for landfill

Why is this important?
Landfills play an important role in safely managing waste streams.  At the moment there is no current regional strategy for managing our waste.

What will change and how it will affect me?
A regional strategy for landfill means that councils and alpine resorts in the north east will have a plan for the management of waste and recycling across the region.  This means a practical approach is taken to the management of the region’s waste and opportunities for partnerships will be identified.

Aim 5: Improving data collection so better decisions can be made

Why is this important?
The availability of accurate and reliable data is the foundation on which councils and alpine resorts make decisions.  Improved data will assist in the development of business cases to assess the viability for the establishment of new infrastructure and systems.

What will change and how it will affect me?
It will see your councils and alpine resorts working more efficiently and sharing local waste and recycling information with the state government.  This will benefit the community by helping shape policy, planning and future programs.

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What is the purpose of the north east implementation plan?

The purpose of the north east implementation plan is to identify local waste and resource recovery (recycling) infrastructure (facilities and equipment) needs and plan for how these will be met over the next 10 years for the region. The plan has five main aims for the region and within these specific actions to be achieved in the next 10 years.

 

How was the plan developed?

The north east implementation plan was developed in consultation and input from local governments, alpine resorts, communities, business and industry. The north east implementation plan was developed over an 18 month period and included a public consultation phase which was conducted throughout the month of May, 2016.

You can download a copy of the Summary of Response to Comments here.

 

How is this regional plan related to State planning?

Victoria is leading the way when it comes to waste and resource recovery. The State has developed a Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan [link to Statewide Infrastructure plan] which provides the roadmap to ensure Victoria has the infrastructure to effectively manage waste and resource recovery for the next 30 years. Each of the 7 regions in Victoria is responsible for identifying and planning for waste and resource recovery infrastructure needs of their regions for the 10 years. These plans fit together and form a whole strategic approach to ensure that Victoria has a first class integrated waste and resource recovery (recycling) system.

 

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Media

To download the latest media release click here.

 

Frequently asked questions

For a printable version of the FAQs click here.

 

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