Building an organics processing network for Melbourne

Eastern Organics Tender opens

The next step towards completing an organics processing network for Melbourne is now underway with a call for tenders to receive and process organic waste from five eastern suburbs councils.

Building the organics network is one of the key priorities identified in the recently released Draft Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan. Increased recovery of food and garden waste is one of the key elements that will enable the plan to achieve its aims of recovering more resources from waste and reducing the need for new landfills even as Melbourne continues to grow.

The eastern organics contract will join collective contracts covering the north, west and south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Through these contracts, the network is already demonstrating the practical benefits of aggregating significant waste volumes through collective procurement. This process has allowed for significant investment in best practise facilities that maximise economic outcomes whilst reducing environmental, community and public health impacts.

When completed Melbourne’s organics processing network will provide food and green organics processing facilities that will service over three quarters of households in the Melbourne metropolitan area and have the potential capacity to divert over 450,000 tonnes of food and garden waste a year away from landfill.

The network will also support the overarching strategic directions of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan.

Parties with relevant experience are now being invited to tender for Eastern Contract. Tender documents are available MWRRG via email (, or telephone (03 8698 9800).

Tenders close at 2.00pm on Wednesday 23 March 2016.

Last updated: 03/03/2016