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Metro Waste News
December 2019
  • 6 February 2020 – Transfer Station Network meeting
  • 6 February 2020 – Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum meeting

Metro news

Message from CEO Jill Riseley
MWRRG CEO Jillian Riseley

CEO Jill Riseley shares her thoughts on what 2020 will bring for MWRRG, and wishes a safe and happy Christmas to all our stakeholders. 

MWRRG 2019-22 Business Plan published

Our 2019-22 Business Plan builds on the significant progress MWRRG has made towards fulfilling the ambitious agenda outlined in the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan.

Industry, councils and government commit to cutting green bin contamination
Leaves going into a green waste bin

To mark World Soils Day (5 December), industry, councils and government have renewed their commitment to working with the community to reduce contamination in green bins. Find out if your council has joined the Back to Earth Initiative and see how we’re working together to promote food and green waste recycling.

Councils see food and green waste recycling in action
Participants of the organics processing facility tour

A food and green waste recycling community of practice day and an organics processing facility tour are the most recent ways MWRRG has supported council staff delivering food and green waste recycling services.

Council spotlight

Recycling videos educating City of Port Phillip’s community
Port Phillip recycling video

To celebrate National Recycling Week, City of Port Phillip released a series of engaging videos on social media, sharing tips for residents on how to correctly use their recycling bins.

Be informed

  • Old Orchard Primary School won $1,000 thanks to the Back to Earth Initiative Eastern Garden Competition earlier this year. It used the prize money to plant an orchard of fruit trees, including citrus and apples. It will use compost, made from the school’s food waste, to help the trees grow. Students will use the orchard to learn about healthy eating, gardening and sustainability. The community will be involved through working bees to help maintain the orchard and benefit from the fruit. A generous donation of compost from Bio Gro has got the orchard off to a good start. Find out more about the project
  • Five Victorian councils will share in $1.25 million to improve the collection, separation and recovery of organic waste and glass from kerbside recycling. Funding from Sustainability Victoria’s Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund will help the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Surf Coast Shire Council, Warrnambool City Council and Yarra City Council expand and improve their kerbside collection systems. Read more about the funding.  
  • The November edition of Sustainability Victoria’s ‘Recovered resources market bulletin’ is available. Read the bulletin here
  • Hume City Council seeking an innovative, driven and experienced Waste and Resource Recovery Engagement Officer with a passion for the environment. You will be required to have knowledge and previous experience in behaviour change and community engagement programs in the waste minimisation, resource recovery, illegal dumping prevention and litter reduction space. Applications close 7 January 2020. Find out more about the position

Weird and wonderful waste news

Tokyo Olympic medals made of recycled e-waste

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will have a focus on sustainability, with medals made of donated recycled e-waste and podiums built using recycled household and marine plastic waste.

If you have a weird or wonderful waste news story to share, please email

Resource of the month

Enjoy 12 days of nature this Christmas
Orange Bellied Parrot on log

With Christmas upon us, it’s a great opportunity to think about how we can have a reduced waste and sustainable festive season. Read the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s tips to make your summer break a nature-friendly one.

The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan sets out four strategic objectives which underpin all of MWRRG’s activities:

Reduce waste sent to landfill

Increase organic waste recovered

Deliver community environmental & economic benefits

Plan for Melbourne’s growing population

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