MEDIA RELEASE – Working together for a sustainable future

Through their participation in a regional collaborative tender for kerbside waste and recycling services, twelve councils and alpine resorts across the Hume region are taking an important step towards reducing material to landfill, supporting a sustainable regional circular economy and driving economic growth.

A Request for Tender has been released this week which will cover long term contracts for the collection, transport and processing/disposal of commingled recycling, glass, food organics and garden organics (FOGO), and general waste.

The collaborative procurement, which is part of the Resource Recovery Collective – Hume (RRCH), is one of the largest of its kind in regional Victoria. The initiative will also help councils and alpine resorts to implement actions set out within the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy, supporting the region’s transition toward a low carbon, circular economy.

Kristy Kay, Executive Officer of the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group says councils and alpine resorts across the Hume region have a successful history of working together to procure recycling services.

“They have demonstrated a clear commitment to achieving improved performance of their waste and recycling systems, and this partnership is an exciting opportunity to extend on that work to achieve strong environmental, economic and community focused outcomes. Ms Kay said.

“Collaborative waste management procurements offer significant volumes of recyclables to the market, achieving economies of scale for councils and alpine resorts, and providing more certainty for industry – which is likely to attract greater levels of investment in infrastructure.” said Ms Kay.

Mitchell Shire Council CEO, Brett Luxford said his council was excited by the opportunities the Resource Recovery Collective – Hume will offer communities.

“We have previously participated in successful collaborative procurements in the Hume region and understand the benefits of coming together to reduce the number of individual procurements in the market. Our aim is to drive competitiveness and create local employment opportunities.” Mr Luxford said.

To achieve the objectives of the Resource Recovery Collective – Hume, a focus has been placed on evolving traditional contractual arrangements so that they can accommodate greater transparency, responsiveness, flexibility and accountability.

Director of Infrastructure Services at the Rural City of Wangaratta, Marcus Goonan said that participating councils and alpine resorts recognise the role they play in building a strong and resilient recycling system.

“By sharing some of the benefits and risk with industry, we can offer certainty for contractors who in turn, can provide cost effective, safe, innovative and reliable recycling solutions for our communities.” he said.

The Request for Tender opens at 11am (AEST) on Monday, 6 June 2022. Tenderers are invited to submit a response for one or multiple Participants and service components. Interested Tenderers may register on eProcure to access the Tender documents at: https://www.eprocure.com.au/rrch/

 

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