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Strengthening Victoria’s waste and recycling system

Recycling Victoria's purpose is to strengthen Victoria's waste and recycling system. It aims to increase the reliability and transparency of the sector and maximise the ongoing use of products and materials that would otherwise be waste.

Getting value from materials that would be waste reduces:

  • landfill
  • greenhouse gas, and
  • pollution.

It helps combat climate change and it is key to building a sustainable and thriving circular economy.

Recycling Victoria will oversee statewide waste and recycling systems. It will collect data and report on waste and resource recovery to enable strategic planning for a better and more reliable system.

Providing a streamlined and integrated approach to address waste and recycling challenges, Recycling Victoria has a strong focus on state-wide and regional market stabilisation.

Recycling Victoria is a business unit within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The Head of Recycling Victoria leads Recycling Victoria’s work.

A strong regional focus and presence

Recycling Victoria has offices and representation across Victoria.

Staff from the former Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Groups (WRRGs) are part of Recycling Victoria. Recycling Victoria benefits from their experience, regional knowledge and regional presence.

Local, regional and rural community knowledge is at the core of Recycling Victoria’s development.

Advisory Committees with regional representation will be established to inform and advise the Minister and Head of Recycling Victoria on its operations.

Recycling Victoria’s Charter of Engagement will detail how Recycling Victoria will consult and engage with councils, Alpine Resort Management Boards, industry, regional communities and Traditional Owners.

The waste and recycling sector will gain from Recycling Victoria’s coordinated, evidence-based and strategic state-wide view.

For a sustainable and thriving circular economy

Recycling Victoria is helping deliver on the Victorian Government’s transformative circular economy plan – Recycling Victoria: a new economyExternal Link

Priorities from commencement on 1 July 2022

Priority What we will do

Consultation and engagement with councils, Alpine Resort Management Boards (ARMBs), industry, regional communities, and Traditional Owners.

Development of a Charter of Engagement.

Establishment of Advisory Committees to inform and advise the Minister and Head of Recycling Victoria on operations.

Working with portfolio and regulatory partners to ensure clarity of roles and responsibilities and a coordinated approach to stakeholder engagement.

Strategic procurement

Supporting best practice procurement and contract management by councils, ARMBs, and service providers.

Development of a Strategic Procurement Framework outlining how Recycling Victoria will support councils to procure waste and resource recovery services to meet circular economy objectives.

Data and insights Progress development of a centralised data and information hub.
Future schemes and standards

Preparation to administer future waste and recycling schemes and standards*

  • Container deposit scheme
  • Municipal waste and recycling standards
  • Waste to Energy

* Councils and waste and recycling services will not have compliance or enforcement obligations on the first day of Recycling Victoria's operations. Enforcement obligations are subject to making standards and regulations under the Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Act 2021. Councils and industry will be advised as these are developed and in advance of the commencement of compliance and enforcement requirements.

Building our organisation

Shape the direction, culture and operating model for Recycling Victoria.

Commence development of the Recycling Victoria Strategic Plan.

Recycling Victoria early priorities statement

Reviewed 30 June 2022

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