Waste

Metropolitan Melbourne is a growing city of 4.3 million people. By 2051 our population is projected to increase to 7.8 million people. This means the amount of waste we create will grow too.

By 2042 we expect to be managing 16.5 million tonnes of waste each year. Government, industry and the community all need to work hard to recycle and recover more value from our waste so we can reduce our reliance on landfills.

We promote a hierarchy of avoiding waste, reusing it, recycling it and finally, best practice management for disposal to the residual waste stream.

Aside from the environmental benefits of diverting waste from landfill, recycling and recovering more resources provides significant opportunities to derive value from waste, fuel new industries and create new jobs. Waste is only waste if you waste it!

Read about what MWRRG does to plan for waste management and the strategies that guide our work.


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Waste data

Sustainability Victoria surveys all Victorian local councils about their waste and recycling services each financial year. The collection of this data enables the performance of the cost and yield of municipal kerbside services to be evaluated over time.

The data plays a vital role in the formulation of future policy directions for waste management services throughout the state, as well as provide a measure of Victoria's progress towards the delivery of efficient and sustainable kerbside services.

Visit Sustainability Victoria's Waste data portal

Last updated: 28/06/2021