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Regional Implementation

BSWWRRG Implementation Plan July 2017

The Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan (the Plan) provides a 10-year vision for the region’s waste and recycling needs into the future.

The Plan recognises the community and industry’s desire to work collaboratively to reduce waste and increase resource recovery to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits for the region.

While existing waste and resource recovery infrastructure provides the capacity to manage current waste volumes for at least the next 10 years, advances in technology will provide the opportunity to invest in alternative infrastructure to improve our systems and processes to increase the recovery of priority materials.

The Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group (the Group) is committed to work with all key stakeholders to drive innovation in resource recovery, bringing new job opportunities in the waste sector and environmental benefits to the region. The Plan considers the impacts of climate change, including the potential increase in extreme events such as droughts and floods that can affect waste infrastructure and service delivery.

Increasing recovery of organic materials is a significant opportunity for the region and a priority action. Engaging with industry and cross regional collaboration to aggregate volumes of organics opens the possibilities to creating significant resource recovery improvements.

Feedback provided during the consultation phase of the Plan, together with the strategic directions of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (State Infrastructure Plan), have shaped the Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan.

During the 10 years of this Plan, The Group will work with our partners to deliver actions that complement the direction set out in the State Infrastructure Plan.

Strategic Objectives

The Plan identifies five strategic objectives and puts forward 12 priority actions that will reduce the region’s reliance on landfilling, while ensuring the Barwon South West has the infrastructure it needs to manage its waste.

The five strategic objectives identified in the Plan are as follows:

1. Behaviour change – Achieve behaviour change that reduces waste generation and increases resource recovery.

2. Resource recovery and innovation – Encourage innovative and cost-effective ways to increase resource recovery.

3. Market development – Identify and establish industry relationships to build market opportunities to maximise resource recovery.

4. Collaborative procurement – Facilitate the aggregation of services through joint procurement to maximise resource recovery and cost effectiveness.

5. Strategic planning – Plan for future waste and resource recovery infrastructure and service needs for the region.

For a full list of the priority actions refer to page 7 of the Plan.
Download your copy here: BSW Implementation Plan

The Plan’s progress towards achieving the strategic objectives will be reviewed annually.

We will comprehensively review the plan within five years to:

• asses the current infrastructure capacities

• determine the need for a new landfill

• determine future resource recovery infrastructure needs.

The Plan is one of seven regional plans that bring together statewide priorities set out in the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan and applies them to a regional context. Regional implementation plans establish a strategic direction and framework which informs and encourages waste and resource recovery infrastructure that meets the needs of the Victorian community now and into the Future. This ensures the waste and resource recovery system is integrated and provides an essential community service.

The Plan has been approved by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.

Further Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Snapshot of the BSW Implementation Plan

BSW Data Profile

For further information on regional implementation plans, please follow the link:
http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/rwrrip

Contact: Barwon South West WRRG at info@bswwrrg.vic.gov.au