The conversation

The development of the Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 has been guided by extensive community feedback.

We undertook two phases of engagement, from 23 November 2017 to 26 February 2018 and from 21 May to 28 July 2018.

The first phase of engagement sought feedback on recycling and current waste services and included:

  • an online survey
  • stakeholder meetings with representatives of Sustainability Victoria, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group and the Victorian Waste Management Association
  • meeting with other metropolitan Melbourne councils
  • five community and resident group meetings.

The second phase of engagement sought feedback on the draft Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 and four associated Discussion Papers and included:

  • an online survey and document submission option
  • public talks with iPads for collecting feedback
  • public forum and workshop
  • forum for retail and hospitality industry stakeholders
  • face-to-face meetings with key industry and government stakeholders.

Gathering insights

Consultation and engagement were promoted to a range of stakeholders in person and through general promotional channels. We received a number of responses during both phases on engagement, including:

What we heard

Contributors considered waste management and resource recovery issues important for the City of Melbourne. Overall, they valued efforts to reduce waste generation, and for the waste that is produced to be sustainably and responsibly managed.

Key insights include:

  • New or improved systems and actions thought to be required.
  • Appropriate infrastructure and services should be provided.
  • Education, initiatives and new regulations or legislation would promote better practices.
  • Changing behaviours and increasing waste management knowledge (particularly in hospitality) are key to improving resource recovery and reducing waste generation.

The most common suggestion was to take more action and deliver with greater speed. This includes setting more ambitious targets and expanding on the key priorities. Contributors also wanted the strategy to have an ambitious approach to reducing waste.

Some contributors believed that aspects of the draft strategy need greater clarity. Specifically, this referred to defining key terms, better wording and more information on specific projects within the strategy.

Using the feedback

Following the consultation period, the draft strategy underwent significant change. The key priorities have been refined and more clearly articulated, including information around what will take place.

Residential food recycling bins, a container deposit program and education programs were all included in the strategy as they were raised as key initiatives considered to be most helpful to reduce waste.

More information will be included in the final Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy.

Next steps

The final Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy will return to the Future Melbourne Committee for endorsement on 16 July 2019.

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