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Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan

A new Plan to meet our region’s waste and resource recovery needs

The Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan (regional implementation plan) developed by the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group, sets out how the waste and resource recovery (recycling) infrastructure needs (facilities and equipment) of the Loddon Mallee region will be met over at least the next 10 years.

To view the regional implementation plan please download Regional Implementation Plan 2016-26_FINAL

To view our region download Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group Region Map

What is in the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan?

The regional implementation plan looks at ways to minimise the environmental and public health impacts of waste while supporting a cost effective recycling system which reduces dependence on landfill. The plan is designed to achieve the goals of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan developed by Sustainability Victoria.  While the regional implementation plan is very detailed, it has four strategic directions and seven priority actions to achieve the goals.

Strategic Directions:

  • Educate the community to reduce waste generation per capita
  • Enable beneficial use of organics
  • Increase reuse and resource recovery rates across the region
  • Encourage and support innovation and research in order to develop new waste management solutions and markets

Priority Actions:

  • Support Councils and waste and resource recovery industry to improve the operation and management of waste and resource recovery infrastructure
  • Engage with and educate the community and business about reducing, reusing and recycling materials to reduce waste generation.
  • Improve data collection and its use to inform improved planning for waste and resource recovery services and infrastructure
  • Inform and encourage development of reuse and reprocessing and markets in the region, to achieve a step change in materials efficiency and recovery in the region for improved productivity, jobs and environmental benefits
  • Encourage innovative and effective public and private initiatives, investments and partnerships in waste and resource recovery infrastructure to achieve a step change in materials efficiency and recovery in the region.
  • Work with stakeholders to support appropriate land use planning protection of waste and resource recovery facilities.
  • Facilitate work between EPA and councils/landowners to take a risk-based approach to the management of closed landfills.

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How is this regional implementation plan related to State planning?

Victoria is leading the way when it comes to waste and resource recovery. The regional implementation plan is designed to achieve the goals of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan developed by Sustainability Victoria which provides the roadmap to ensure Victoria has the infrastructure to effectively manage waste and resource recovery for the next 30 years.  Each of the 7 waste and resource recovery regions in Victoria is responsible for identifying and planning for waste and resource recovery infrastructure needs of their regions for the next 10 years. These plans fit together and form the Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Planning Framework. For more information visit the Sustainability Victoria website.

Who has been involved in developing the  regional implementation plan?

We have been working with a range of stakeholders including industry, business, local government and the community to compile information to inform the regional implementation plan.

From 4 January to 5 February 2016, the Group invited local government and waste and resource recovery businesses to make landfill scheduling applications as the region determined its landfill airspace needs up to 2026. The Group also ran a market sounding exercise in late 2015 to help determine waste and resource recovery infrastructure needs up to 2026.  Both of these application rounds are now closed.

The draft regional implementation plan was released for public consultation from 18 July to 12 August 2016 to review, to ensure it proposed the appropriate solutions for the regions needs for waste and resource recovery infrastructure for the next 10 years.

The final stages of development included the finalisation and integration of the plan to form the statewide framework. Following this, each of the waste and resource recovery groups were required to complete their draft regional implementation plan and submit it to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change  by 14 December 2016.

The regional implementation plan was released by the Acting Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Richard Wynne on 6 July 2017.

On 4th August 2017 the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group invited all of its valued stakeholders to the regional implementation plan Launch in Bendigo. Through a presentation, stakeholders were provided with the chance to find out about the content and implementation of the plan, and also have conversations with the LMWRRG about the plan after the presentation.
The Launch also included a panel session after lunch comprising representatives from the Victorian Governments environment portfolio (Sustainability Victoria; Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; Environment Protection Authority Victoria and LMWRRG) who provided details about how they are working together through the Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Planning Framework.

 

Timeline

The final plan came into effect on 29 June 2017 and is now being put into action. The plan is scheduled to be reviewed in 2020 and we will report annually on progress towards achieving the strategic directions.

Implementing the Priority Actions

LMWRRG Contingency Plan (priority action 1)

As part of the regional implementation plan the LMWRRG is required to factor contingency requirements into the assessment of landfill and resource recovery needs. Planning for, and allocating contingency allowances ensures that sufficient landfill or reprocessing capacity is available if an adverse or emergency event occurs, such as fire, floods or market failure.

The LMWRRG has developed a Contingency Plan in 2017 and consulted with councils to identify what support from the LMWRRG would be useful for council to receive going forward in relation to managing incidents. This has resulted in the commencement of the following pieces of work:

  • Annual assessment of the capacity of the regions waste infrastructure.
  • Development of templates for specific incident planning with Metro WRRG and councils.
  • Development of MOU’s between councils.
  • Referencing the Contingency Plan in Municipal Emergency Management Plans.
  • Delivery of Better Practice and Contingency Training for Resource Recovery Centres to council managers and operators of these facilities in May 2018.

Regional Procurement Strategy (priority action 1 and 4)

The LMWRRG is currently developing a Regional Procurement Strategy to provide an overall understanding of the market and for general improvements in procurement outcomes across the region. The Strategy is supported by appendices that are dynamic plans designed to be updated as projects progress, opportunities develop and data changes.

The procurement initiatives are designed to assist in the reduction of material going to landfill. This includes:

  • Developing partnership and collaborative activities that reduce waste through innovation.
  • Facilitate a joint procurement process for councils for kerbside collection and associated services.
  • Provide support to enable priority materials to be collected through collaborative arrangements (mattresses, tyres, e-waste and organics)
  • Facilitate collaborative procurement for organics/food and organics collection.
  • Work with Councils and key stakeholders to initiate arrangements for efficient projects for maximum diversion of organics/food and organics.

We are currently working in partnership with the Mildura and Swan Hill Rural City councils; and the Buloke, Gannawarra and Loddon Shire councils for kerbside, landfill and e-waste joint procurement. Services providers for probity, legal and tender development have been established.

C&I and C&D waste – Network Event (priority action 3)

In conjunction with Sustainability Victoria the LMWRRG will be holding an Organics Recovery Series for the Horticulture Industry on 30 April 2019 in Mildura. The event is designed for business and industry to share information about managing organics waste and increasing its recovery for reprocessing into higher value products.

Previous Organics Recovery Series events were held in Bendigo for the poultry industry and in Swan Hill for the horticultural industry during May 2018.

C&I and C&D waste – Market Development  (priority action 3)

LMWRRG in conjunction with Envisage Works are undertaking further surveys of C&I and C&D businesses to continue to collect data and maintain the existing LMWRRG database of generators, material streams, challenges, service providers, destinations including reprocessors, markets and users of materials in the region. This will enable the LMWRRG and its stakeholders to follow up opportunities to reduce waste to landfill and for materials to be reprocessed and used inside the region; to assist with networks, job and growth opportunities, and promote new activity in the region.

Loddon Mallee Regional Organics Strategy (priority action 4)

The LMWRRG is currently developing a Regional Organics Strategy with an overarching vision to reduce the generation of organic waste and divert organics from landfills to high-value uses. A consultant to undertake the Organics Strategy has been engaged and the final report is due on 18 December 2018.

The objectives of the strategy are to promote more sustainable management of organics by:

  • engaging the community, businesses and institutions in reducing organic waste and diverting it from landfill
  • promoting greater reuse of organics such as food by charity and community groups, as well as stockfeed product manufacturers
  • promoting source separation of garden and food organics by households, businesses, councils and other organisations
  • promoting development of viable processing facilities and markets for recycled organics and bioenergy products in the Loddon Mallee region

Local Buffer Support Program (priority action 6)

The LMWRRG is currently working with its member councils to reference the regional implementation plan and ensure the schedule aligns with the relevant council planning schemes; protect buffers of current and future waste and resource recovery facilities from encroachment; protect communities from the potential negative impacts of waste and resource recovery facilities; and support councils to effectively use buffer protection tools.

To date, the LMWRRG has provided submissions to the Gannawarra Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Macedon Ranges Shire and Mildura Planning Scheme Reviews. We are also assisting the City of Greater Bendigo implement the Eaglehawk Landfill buffer project.

The program also provided Planning Institute of Australia training for our stakeholders in March 2018 at Swan Hill. The ‘Planning for Major Waste and Resource Recovery Facilities’ course dealt with how the planning system manages waste after it has been collected.

Risk assessment of closed landfills (priority action 7)

The LMWRRG is working with the EPA and councils to identify the closed landfills in the region, assess their risks and prioritise actions at a regional scale to address these. To do this the Loddon Mallee Local Government Waste Forum Technical Sub-Committee developed a closed landfill risk assessment tool for councils to use to assess the residual risk of closed landfills.  The tool was released by the EPA in February 2018 and will now enable councils to commence assessing their closed landfills and allow the region to better understand the risk relating to legacy landfills and collaborate on how to tackle the various issues.

 

If you would like to be kept informed of updates about the regional implementation plan please email LMWRRG’s Program Director, melanie.bell@lmwrrg.vic.gov.au