The future of waste in metro Melbourne


Victorian Government statutory authority Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group lays out its vision for the future of alternative waste treatment in Melbourne, providing updates on its progress.

Metropolitan Melbourne’s booming population offers both a challenge and opportunity for how the city manages its waste in the future.

By 2051, the city’s population is projected to rise up to eight million people, up from 4.5 million in 2015, according to the Victorian Government’s ‘Victoria in Future 2016’ report.

The Victorian Government’s statutory authority, the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG), estimates waste volumes will grow by 63 per cent by 2042, meaning the industry will have to manage 16.5 million tonnes of waste per year.

In response to this forecasting, the MWRRG released its Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan in 2016, which sets out a blueprint to shape Melbourne’s network of waste and resource recovery over the next 10 years, with a 30-year outlook. The objectives of the plan are to reduce waste to landfill, increase organic waste recovered, deliver community, environmental and economic benefits and plan for Melbourne’s growing population. It supports statutory authority Sustainability Victoria’s Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure plan within a metropolitan context.

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