What is the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan?

The Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan (GV Implementation Plan) outlines the vision and strategy for managing the Goulburn Valley region’s waste. The GV Implementation Plan was developed over a three year period and identifies the region’s infrastructure needs and how these will be met over the next 10 years.

A requirement under the Environment Protection Act 1970, the GV Implementation Plan was developed in close collaboration with Sustainability Victoria (SV), Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). The Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group (GVWRRG) also asked for perspectives and feedback from industry, councils and community stakeholders as part of the GV Implementation Plan’s development. For more information on how this feedback was used in the final GV Implementation Plan, see the GV Implementation Plan ‘Response to Comments’ document.

The GV Implementation Plan is one of seven regional plans that apply the statewide priorities set out in the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan to a regional context. This ensures the waste and resource recovery system is integrated and provides an essential community service. The GV Implementation Plan has been approved by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.

The GV Implementation Plan Snapshot provides a summary of the Plan.

The GV Implementation Plan identifies five strategic objectives and puts forward 13 actions that will reduce the region’s reliance on landfilling, while ensuring the Goulburn Valley has the infrastructure it needs to manage its waste.

The five strategic objectives identified in the GV Implementation Plan are to:

  • maximise diversion from landfills
  • support increased resource recovery
  • achieve quantities for reprocessing
  • manage waste and material streams
  • maximise economic outcomes.

For a full list of the identified actions refer to page 13 of the GV Implementation Plan.

What will the GV Implementation Plan achieve?

The GV Implementation Plan aims to significantly increase resource recovery and reduce the need for landfills by:

  • supporting investment in technologies that increase resource recovery
  • increasing the capacity for organics repossessing
  • encouraging best practice operations, continuous improvement and effective community engagement so that infrastructure reduces impacts on communities
  • improving land use planning for waste and resource recovery infrastructure, including buffer protection
  • strengthening cross regional partnerships in managing waste streams.

The final GV Implementation Plan came into effect mid 2017 and is now being put into action. The GV Implementation Plan will have a mid-term review and the GVWRRG will report annually on the progress towards the strategic objectives.

Frequently Asked Questions

The GV Implementation Plan is a requirement under the Environment Protection Act 1970.

It has been developed to help councils, industry, community and other stakeholders to participate in planning for the waste and resource recovery infrastructure needs for at least the next ten years. It will ensure we have the right infrastructure, in the right places, while reducing our reliance on landfills.

The plan puts forward 13 actions that will reduce the region’s reliance on landfilling, while ensuring the Goulburn Valley has the infrastructure it needs to manage its waste.

The actions in the plan are to:

  • 1. Increase diversion of industrial waste from landfills
  • 2. Facilitate the increased recovery of regional and state priority materials
  • 3. Work with councils and industry to investigate viable options to increase the recovery of household and commercial food and garden organics
  • 4. Improve market engagement techniques and lead a sound analysis of viable opportunities to maximise resource recovery
  • 5. Build capacity of landfill operators to minimise impacts to the community and environment posed by the management of residual waste
  • 6. Support councils to develop waste and resource recovery plans and improve practices for resource recovery facilities
  • 7. Facilitate partnerships with industry (service providers and waste generators), councils and state government for collection, processing and transport efficiencies
  • 8. Support community and business actively participating in decision making processes
  • 9. Work with councils and industry to better integrate waste and resource recovery management with land use planning
  • 10. Facilitate work between councils and the EPA to develop appropriate risk-based approaches for rehabilitation of closed landfills
  • 11. Research local and regional economic development influences in order to achieve appropriate procurement outcomes
  • 12. Consult with industry and councils to inform infrastructure and market development needs and priorities
  • 13. Implement data collection and reporting methods that enhance and support waste and resource recovery decision making.

The plan was developed in close collaboration with Sustainability Victoria, Environment Protection Authority Victoria and the Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning.

GVWRRG also asked for perspectives and feedback from industry, councils and community stakeholders as part of the plan’s development.

The State Infrastructure Plan sets out a 30 year vision and direction to guide future planning for waste and resource recovery infrastructure in Victoria.

The GV Implementation Plan describes how this vision for Victoria will be achieved in the Goulburn Valley region over ten years.

The GVWRRG sought community input as part of the development of the GV Implementation Plan and provided a range of opportunities for public comment. Feedback gathered during the consultation program was considered in developing the plan. Key themes to come out of the consultation process can be viewed in the GV Implementation Plan ‘Response to Comments’ document and the GV Implementation Plan. The GVWRRG provided a written response to those who made a formal submission.

Yes. The GVWRRG undertook a process to assess and determine the regions landfill airspace needs. The detailed analysis indicates that no additional landfills will be required for the region for the next 10 years.

More information

The GV Implementation Plan can be viewed in full through the link at the top of the page. A summary of the Plan can be viewed through the snapshot document available at the top of page.

If you have a question relating to the Plan, please send your query to info@gvwrrg.vic.gov.au