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!
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Last updated: 03/06/2021