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.

For more information on the regional implementation plans please read:

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.  More information is available at Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan 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.

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

Timeline

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

 

Consultation on amendment to State Waste Plan

Victorians can have their say on amendments to Victoria’s 30-year plan to manage waste and resource recovery infrastructure.

The Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (SWRRIP) has been updated to align with the seven Regional Implementation Plans, identifying when and where key projects may be needed in the future.

Visit the Engage Victoria website for more information and to comment on the plan.