MWRRG releases the Metropolitan Regional Business Case for advanced waste processing
An important milestone was reached in September with the release of the Metropolitan Regional Business Case for advanced waste processing. The Business Case demonstrates that advanced waste processing is a viable alternative to deal with Melbourne’s growing municipal waste and can reduce Melbourne’s reliance on landfill.
Keeping food and green waste out of landfill: a new guide for councils
Singaporean delegation visits to discuss closed landfill management
On October 1, MWRRG hosted a delegation from the National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore. The delegates were interested to learn about Victoria’s waste management policies and planning considerations, in particular closed landfill management strategies.
Melbourne wholesale market achieves 95 per cent recycling rate
Network meetings showcase opportunities and recycling education
Last month we hosted a Resource Recovery Centre and Transfer Station (RRC/TS) Network meeting and Councils Litter Environment Action Network (CLEAN) and Local Government Waste Education Network (Ed Net) events for local government.
Attendees of the RRC/TS Network meeting toured Knox Transfer Station’s Processed Engineered Fuel facility, while the CLEAN/Ed Net meeting focussed on Sustainability Victoria’s state-wide recycling campaign.
Wyndham’s Waste Watchers program helps residents cut waste
Better Bag Habits education campaign launched
Combustible Recyclable and Waste Materials policy takes effect
Environment Protection Authority Victoria’s (EPA) Waste Management Policy (Combustible Recyclable and Waste Materials) came into effect on 28 August 2018, replacing an interim policy.
New environment protection laws pass Parliament
The Victorian Government’s new environment protection laws have passed Parliament. The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 includes a new approach to environmental issues, focusing on preventing waste and pollution impacts rather than managing those impacts after they have occurred.
Despatch of Victorian Local Government Annual Survey 2017-18
The Victorian Local Government Annual Survey 2017-18 regarding kerbside services was despatched to all 79 Victorian councils on 19 September. Please ensure your council completes the survey by 26 October 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Nick Chrisant at Sustainability Victoria, on 8626 8716.
Billions of contact lenses flushed down the sink or toilet each year
This month’s story was shared by MWRRG Stakeholder Engagement Adviser Stan Vermeeren, and highlights an unexpected source of marine pollution.
Researchers at Arizona State University in the United States have found that up to 20 per cent of contact lens wearers are flushing the lenses down the sink or toilet, contributing to microplastic pollution in the oceans.
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Victorian Waste Education Conference - Bendigo (23-24 October)
There’s still time to register for the 2018 Victorian Waste Education Conference. The conference, to be held at the All Seasons Hotel in Bendigo on 23-24 October, will be co-hosted by Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group and Sustainability Victoria. Leading waste and resource recovery consultant Helen Millicer will deliver the keynote address, discussing the role of educators in our shift to a more circular economy, while the workshop program will cover food organics and garden organics, litter and illegal dumping and resource recovery.
Improving illegal dumping data collection – DumpInData training
With illegal dumping a key litter issue for Victorian councils, good data collection is essential for planning effective interventions. DumpInData is a free and easy to use online tool for councils to record illegal dumping data. Users can record incidences of dumped rubbish using the DumpInData app on a mobile phone, including location, material types, disposal cost, weight and source sector. The data can then be viewed and shared on an interactive map on a computer or smart phone.
On Tuesday 30 October we will be running a training session at Hume City Council’s Parks and Services Depot on the use of the DumpInData tool. If you are interested in attending this session, please contact Litter and Illegal Dumping Program Coordinator Jess Hand on 8698 9841.
Detox Your Home events coming up
Research into community attitudes towards food waste recycling
In 2017, independent social research commissioned by MWRRG found that 71 per cent of the respondents were willing to separate and recycle food waste via their kerbside waste collection system.
The research identified the barriers faced by local government when introducing a kerbside food and garden organics collection service which has helped inform a new publication by MWRRG: Introducing a kerbside food and garden organics collection service – A guide for local government.
The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan sets out four strategic objectives which underpin all of MWRRG’s activities: