Objectives of GVWRRG

The Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group (GVWRRG) is a Statutory Authority established under section 49C of the Environment Protection Act 1970 (EP Act).

In accordance with Section 49G of the EP Act the objectives of GVWRRG are:

  • to undertake waste and resource recovery infrastructure planning to meet the future needs of its waste and resource recovery region while minimising the environmental and public health impacts of waste and resource recovery infrastructure
  • to facilitate efficient procurement of waste and resource recovery infrastructure and services for its waste and resource recovery region through the collective procurement of waste management facilities and waste and resource recovery services in the region
  • to integrate regional and local knowledge into statewide waste and resource recovery market development strategies
  • to educate businesses and communities within its waste and resource recovery region to reduce waste going to landfill by using waste and resource recovery infrastructure and services efficiently
  • to ensure regional waste and resource recovery implementation plans and programs are informed by local government, business and community and inform statewide waste and resource recovery planning and programs.

In seeking to achieve its objectives, a waste and resource recovery group must collaborate with councils, Sustainability Victoria, the Environment Protection Authority, industry, business and the community.


Functions of GVWRRG

In accordance with section 49H of the EP Act, the functions of GVWRRG are:

  • to plan for the future needs of waste and resource recovery infrastructure within the Goulburn Valley waste and resource recovery region consistently with the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (SWRRIP)
  • to facilitate the provision of waste and resource recovery infrastructure and services by councils within its waste and resource recovery region
  • to facilitate the development of contracts for the joint procurement of waste management facilities and waste and resource recovery services within its waste and resource recovery region
  • to manage contracts in the performance of its objectives and functions
  • to work with Sustainability Victoria, councils, businesses and communities to ensure statewide waste and resource recovery education programs are adapted to the needs of its waste and resource recovery region and to facilitate the delivery of those education programs
  • to advise, with Sustainability Victoria, councils and businesses within its waste and resource recovery region on best practices for waste and resource recovery systems, facilities and services
  • to support its waste and resource recovery region’s Local Government Waste Forum to enable the Waste Forum to perform its functions
  • to undertake waste and resource recovery projects as funded by government, councils and other organisations.

Strategies that guide our work

Federal and Victorian government legislation and policies provide the framework for GVWRRG’s activities, including the delivery of effective waste management and resource recovery for the Goulburn Valley region.

Legislation

The Environment Protection Act 1970 establishes objectives for resource efficiency including sustainable use of resources and fostering of best practice in waste management.

Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure planning

The Act also sets out under Divisions 2AB the Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery infrastructure Planning Framework which includes the requirement for WRRGs to develop regional waste and resource recovery implementation plans.

At a national level, the National Waste Policy was developed by the Department of the Environment to summarise the roles and responsibilities of governments.

At a state level:

The Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (state infrastructure plan) developed by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government, provides a statewide roadmap to ensure Victoria has the infrastructure to effectively manage the mix and volumes of waste for the next 30 years. The state infrastructure plan will ensure waste and resource recovery services essential to meet the needs of all Victorians are available by:

  • effectively managing the expected mix and volumes of waste
  • reducing the amount of valuable materials going to landfill and maximising resources recovered
  • supporting innovation and investment in better infrastructure to create jobs and bolster the economy
  • minimising community, environment and climate change and public health impacts whilst supporting a viable resource recovery industry

Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans (regional implementation plans – under development) set out how the waste and resource recovery infrastructure needs of Victorian regions will be met over at least a 10 year period. There are seven Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans (regional implementation plans) currently being developed by Victorian WRRGs, including the Goulburn Valley implementation plan.

What is the objective of the regional implementation plans?

The objective of the regional implementation plans is to identify local waste and resource recovery infrastructure and service needs and how these could be met over at least the next 10 years for each waste and resource recovery region.

The information gathered will assist in achieving:

  • a reduction in the waste going into landfill
  • increased resource recovery and improved industry viability
  • the management of landfill and resource recovery facilities to provide the best economic, community, environment and public health outcomes for local communities.

Once the regional implementation plans are approved by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Water their priorities and directions will be integrated into the 30 year Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (state infrastructure plan).

What difference will a regional implementation plan make?

The information and robust data gathered on existing and potential waste and resource recovery activities will aim to:

  • stimulate markets for recovered resources
  • improve the recovery of organic materials
  • facilitate investment for improved infrastructure
  • facilitate collaborative procurement for infrastructure and services and
  • provide confidence to industry and local government to invest.

How you can get involved?

Development of these regional implementation plans will include community, business and local governments and will include cross region discussions to integrate priorities and directions.

The WRRGs have approximately one year to prepare their regional implementation plans (except the metro regional implementation plan has a shorter time frame).

Six regional (non-metro) implementation plans

To register your interest in these plans (including the Goulburn Valley implementation plan), receive updates and information about their development and consultation opportunities go to participate.sustainability.vic.gov.au