If everything is ok in our region why do we need to do this for?

At the rate of projected population growth in Victoria over the next 30 years existing waste management infrastructure will not be able to cope with the expected increase in waste volumes.  Currently 34% of the north east’s waste is still being landfilled.  We can do better, and need to plan for future growth.  Some of the reasons for the north east implementation are:

  • inadequate information to support planning and investment decisions that balance waste and resource recovery needs with community growth and increasing waste generation
  • materials of value are still being landfilled
  • material volumes are not attracting industry investment
  • there are limited markets for recovered materials or products
  • not all landfills meet environmental standards, there are increasing costs to meet environmental standards for landfills
  • not all waste and resource recovery facilities are meeting best practice standards

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