Victoria could turn 90 per cent of its waste into new materials under proposed scheme
May 14, 2020
By SBS Australia
Victoria could recover up to 90 per cent of its waste if $1 billion is spent on recycling infrastructure in the state coming the next two decades.
Advice from Infrastructure Victoria released on Thursday suggests the public and private sectors should upgrade or build 87 new processing plants for plastics, paper, cardboard, glass, organics, tyres and e-waste to achieve the recovery target by 2039.
Today we’ve released our advice to government on how we can build a stronger and more sustainable recycling and resource recovery industry for Victoria. It includes 13 actions to ensure we can recover more than 90% of our waste: Read the advice here: http://bit.ly/2q4lbYW
The investments would also generate more than 5000 new jobs and create high-quality, recycled products for use in major infrastructure projects, manufacturing and agriculture, the independent advisory body argued.
Currently, 69 per cent of Victoria's waste is recycled into a useful product.
But the state's resource and recovery sector is under increasing pressure, as more waste is being produced and recovery rates have stagnated.
Changes in international markets and weak end markets for recycled products in Victoria have also led to masses of recyclables being stockpiled or sent to landfill, Infrastructure Victoria said.
Victoria will need 87 new or upgraded recycling facilities to ensure we can process more than 90% of our waste now and into the future. Learn more from our latest advice to government here: http://bit.ly/2q4lbYW