THE ANDREWS Labor Government has completed new long-term plans for waste and resource recovery across six Victorian regions, ensuring the best outcomes for our communities, economy and environment.
Acting Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Richard Wynne announced the 10-year plans today, which include the Loddon Mallee region.
Together with the 30-year statewide waste and resource recovery infrastructure plan and the metropolitan waste and resource recovery implementation plan, the announcement completes a comprehensive state-wide waste infrastructure framework.
“These plans will help us reduce the impact waste has on local communities, our economy and the environment,’’ Mr Wynne said.
“We’re investing more than $30 million in waste and resource recovery now and putting in place solid plans for the future to reduce landfill and the impact Victorians have on the environment.”
By 2043, Victorians will generate 60 per cent more waste than they do now – over 20 million tonnes each year.
The framework recognises disposing of waste to landfill can impact health, amenity and the environment, and will reduce the need for landfills by developing markets for recovered materials and energy.
An evaluation of Victoria’s landfill capacity found no new landfills are needed for at least the next 10 years.