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Waste and Resource Recovery Policy: Open for comment

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 1st, 2012

From the Draft Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy

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.


Greening Your Office: Working Towards Zero Waste

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 4th, 2011

18 February , 2011
8:30 amto10:30 am

Source: Metropolitan Waste Management Group

Image: London Permaculture via flickr CC

This a FREE event as part of the Waste Wise Melbourne Network, in conjunction with the 2011 Sustainable Living Festival*

Hear from Melbourne businesses who are effectively engaging staff in creating to create an office culture of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, with minimal contamination, high recycling rates and declining waste to landfill. Find out their secrets to success and be inspired to start aiming for ‘zero waste’ in your own workplace.

Presenters include:

  • Sarah Arbuster, Environment and Projects Coordinator, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development
  • Maryanne Kelly, Municipal Contract Manager, SKM Recycling
  • Peter Hardy, EMS Coordinator, VOC Operations Team, GHD
  • Lorraine Lilley, Project Manager, FluoroCycle, Lighting Council Australia

Date: Friday 18 February, 2011
Time: 8.30 – 10.30am
Venue: ‘The Green House’, Lower Terrace of Birrarung Marr next to Federation Square
RSVP by Friday 11 February, details on the website

*For more information of this year’s Sustainable Living Festival go to the festival website –

Zero Carbon Moreland Business Program

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 31st, 2010

Source: Moreland Energy Foundation

Last year the business arm of Zero Carbon Moreland (ZCM) ran a range of successful environmental programs in collaboration with some of Moreland’s flagship organisations including RMIT and Yarra Trams.  This year, Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd (MEFL)  is putting the focus on small business and community organisations. Over 50 local businesses have already signed up to reduce their carbon emissions and we’re looking to recruit more. If you own a business in the Moreland area now is the time to take action, sign up and receive support to reduce your emissions and save money.

Check out the case studies of some current ZCM businesses. For more information and to join the ZCM business program contact Jason Cox on 9385 8585 or email