Council wants waste not mindset for metropolitan Melbourne


Brimbank Council has welcomed the opportunity to provide a submission to the Metropolitan Waste and Recovery Group’s Advanced Waste and Resources Recovery Technologies Discussion Paper, stressing the need to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said that Council believes a shift to more advanced waste and resource recovery technologies is essential.

“As Melbourne continues to grow, it is essential that there are new ways of recovering resources and managing waste.

“As a Council, we believe that the uptake of advanced waste and resource recovery technology is critical if Melbourne is to manage municipal waste effectively. Modern low impact waste treatments are important because they can help save valuable resources from going to landfill.

New Waste, Recycling and Litter Strategy

“In Brimbank we’re on a mission to clean up our city, and we’re in the process of developing a new Waste, Recycling and Litter Strategy.

“Our submission on the Advanced Waste and Resources Recovery Technologies (AWRRTs) discussion paper highlights our concerns about landfill expansion and the importance of finding waste disposal alternatives to landfills.

“Our submission has been influenced by what our community has told us, during extensive consultations as part of the development of the Council Plan and more recently as part of the development of a new Waste, Recycling and Litter Strategy.

You Told Us; We Listened

“Our community told us it doesn’t like waste going to landfill and a high priority for Brimbank is to increase recycling services. We believe this should be a priority for Melbourne as a whole,” Cr Giudice said.

Brimbank’s submission highlights:

  • Council’s concern with the continued use of landfill as the solution for residual waste disposal
  • The need for increased investment in landfill alternatives such as waste avoidance initiatives, improved recycling services/programs and development of a network of AWRRTs facilities across metropolitan Melbourne to manage residual waste
  • Sustainability Fund investment options
  • AWRRT facilities design, planning, air quality, best practice and viability considerations; as well as
  • Responses to the Discussion Paper questions.

“Council will continue to advocate with the State Government for the use of the Sustainability Fund to accelerate a shift towards more sustainable waste management practice,” Cr Giudice declared.