Waste and Resource Recovery Policy: Open for comment
Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 1st, 2012
The Victorian Coalition Government is asking Victorians to help shape the future of waste minimization efforts, ensuring less material goes to landfill and increasing recycling rates.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith [has] unveiled the Draft Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy for community comment. The policy is designed to help transform the state’s waste management system by setting a long term vision for waste management and resource recovery in Victoria, along with a range of actions to be undertaken over the next 10 years.
“While Victorians are recycling more than ever before, the state?s increased population and the growth in discarded consumer items has seen annual waste generation grow from eight million tonnes in 2000 to around 12.1 million tonnes in 2011,” Mr Smith said. “We want to prevent more waste going into landfill so the environment doesn?t keep paying the price for our consumption.” Mr Smith said based on evidence over the past decade, Victoria’s growing population rate and waste generation trends could, if not tackled, see a 45 per cent increase in waste generation over the next 10 years.
“The priority now is to put in place strong and positive measures to reduce waste and increase recycling,” Mr Smith said. “We must do more to focus our recycling and resource recovery efforts on the materials where there is a strong market demand. “We don’t just want to keep material out of landfill, we want to make sure that something productive is done with it so that it doesn’t become waste in the first place. A strong market based operation will help us achieve that goal,” Mr Smith said. “Our draft policy represents an opportunity to drive further significant and positive environmental reform and demonstrates that we will be doing things differently.
Comments are invited until 23 November 2012.