Infrastructure Victoria has developed advice for government on how it can build a better recycling and resource recovery industry for Victoria.

It’s recommendations have been outlines in its new reportRecycling and resource recovery infrastructure: Evidence base October 2019.

Over the past six months, Infrastructure Victoria have examined the state of the recycling and resource recovery sector, looked at what works across the country and around the world, undertaken technical analysis and consulted with local government, industry and the community.

It identified opportunities for investment, new processes and community action.

Some of the options include:

  • Developing a clear, overarching policy framework, including recycling targets and waste-to-energy
  • Examining incentives and price signals for business and industry to improve their recycling performance
  • Supporting councils to implement consistent approaches to sorting and collection, helping to reduce contamination in household recycling collection
  • Separating food and garden waste from other materials to get more out of organic waste
  • Better planning, locating and protecting waste management sites
  • Working with the Commonwealth and other states to increase consistency and reduce packaging and single-use plastics
  • Increasing the use of recycled materials by eliminating barriers and updating government procurement guidelines

A package of supporting reports used to develop the work, including an infrastructure analysis, international case studies, a market design analysis, and findings from stakeholder and community consultation has also been released.

Infrastructure Victoria is now seeking feedback on its work to develop the final advice to government, due April 2020.

Submissions close Friday 13 December 2019.

Visit the website to read the evidence base report, the supporting technical reports and make a submission.

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