The final Waste and Resource Recovery Plan was approved by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday 8 September 2015.

The title of the document was changed to reflect the strong community support received for increased resource recovery. The commitee report includes details of feedback received and the changes made in response to this feedback. Read the final plan, Council resolutions or listen to the audio below (commences at 01:15:02).

More information is available from the Future Melbourne Committee Meeting Documentation page.

September 28, 2015

Feedback on the draft Integrated Waste Management Program is now closed. We are currently reviewing your contributions to inform the development of the final report. We will continue to provide updates on this page.

June 22, 2015

Summary of initiatives

The key aim of the draft Integrated Waste Management Program is to implement actions that will help our city to increase recycling and recovery of valuable resources, decrease the amount of waste we send to landfill and improve amenity, keeping our streets clean for everyone to enjoy.

Ten initiatives are recommended as part of the 2015-18 Program.

Existing initiatives

Five initiatives were introduced through the previous Program and it is proposed that these projects be further developed. These five initiatives are:

1. High rise recycling program

The installation of infrastructure, signage and accessible recycling collection services with a new focus on improving hard waste recycling.

2. Installation of compactors and recycling hubs

The continued clustering of waste and recycling facilities in specific locations as part of a precinct approach to waste management.

3. Degraves Street Recycling Facility

The expansion of the facility. This will include the collection of commercial organics from more premises as well as residents in the precinct.

4. Advanced waste treatment options

‘Waste to energy’ plants provide an alternative to landfill disposal. The new State Government has yet to make its view known about the viability of alternative waste disposal options.

5. Recycling rewards project

A continuation of programs that assist in improving recycling levels through education and incentives.

New initiatives

The five new initiatives recommended for inclusion in the Program are:

6. Residential food waste management

Establish a trial program that uses different technologies to test the viability of food waste diversion in residential high rise apartments and residential dwellings.

7. Commercial organic waste

In addition to expanding the reach of the Degraves Street Recycling Facility, investigate the establishment of a trial program where food organics are diverted from bin collections and sent to community centres before they spoil.

8. Electronic waste and hard waste recycling

Identify methods to improve the recovery of these materials and divert them from landfill.

9. A stronger emphasis on partnerships to establish shared facilities

Continue to establish shared hubs within existing commercial developments and investigate a requirement that new developments provide shared compactor facilities where appropriate.

10. Cardboard recovery

This includes building more flexibility into current contractual arrangements for the collection of central city cardboard.

Read the draft Integrated Waste Management Program to find out more about each initiative.