Brimbank Council has welcomed the commitments from Commonwealth and State Environment Ministers to create a more sustainable approach to waste management.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said Council has been advocating for advanced waste and resource recovery technology solutions for some time.
“Brimbank is thrilled that the Australian environmental ministers are starting to get serious about sustainable waste technology.
“The impacts of China’s ban on some recycling materials has highlighted that all Australians deserve a more sustainable and future-proof approach to waste management.
“Brimbank Council has been calling on the State Government to use the $400 million of Victorian ratepayer’s money sitting in the Sustainability Fund to get serious about waste.
“We need to look seriously at waste management rather than taking a 20th century approach to a 21st century problem – sending everything to landfill.
“Advanced waste technology has been successfully introduced across other parts of the world. It’s time we got serious and fully look at all options.
“We also need to look at encouraging our community to avoid, minimise and reuse waste in the first instance.
“As Melbourne’s population booms we need innovation and new thinking.
“It’s critical that we put a line in the sand and explore new ways of recovering resources and managing our waste.
“Our community want to recycle and also want real change; it’s up to all levels of government to work together to enable this change.
“Significant investment in landfill alternatives and improved recycling services and education programs is urgently needed.
“We need leadership from the state and federal governments because this is a nation-wide problem.
“We are hopeful that today’s meeting in Canberra will be the start of real change and that our own State Government will invest the required resources in finding real, long term solutions,” Cr Giudice said.