Gippswide Kerbside – Rethinking Waste and Resource Recovery For Gippsland

Extracting value from waste is vital to establish a sustainable and thriving circular economy. It requires us all to re-think what we purchase, consume, use, and discard.

Worldwide, the ultimate sustainability goal and ‘re-think’ is a move from a traditional linear economy (take-make-consume-waste economy) to a circular (green) economy where products are designed to be reused, repaired and/or recycled and where society places value on the resource rather than viewing the end-product as waste.

According to Dick Ellis, Chair of Resource Recovery Gippsland’s Board of Directors, there is a lot happening state-wide and locally to support Gippsland’s transition toward a low carbon, circular economy.

“The Victorian Government’s $380 million Recycling Victoria: a new economy plan is driving the development of a sustainable and thriving circular economy for Victoria.

“It includes new waste and recycling systems at home and in the community – the container deposit scheme and standardised statewide four stream household recycling system – and the ban on single-use plastics and demonstrates a firm commitment to a state with less waste and pollution, better recycling, more jobs and a stronger economy.

“A key component for Gippsland is the Gippswide Kerbside collaborative procurement project,” said Mr Ellis. “It’s an exciting partnership between Resource Recovery Gippsland and the region’s six councils to stimulate innovation in waste management, promote cost effectiveness to local communities, and provide a unique commercial opportunity for the waste and resource recovery sector.”

Currently, across Gippsland’s six councils, 100,000 tonnes of waste is collected at the household kerb. Around fifty per cent of this material is recovered (recycled, reused, repurposed) and fifty per cent goes to landfill as residual waste (household rubbish).

Over the next 20-30 years Gippsland will be one of the state’s fastest growing regions which presents local councils and the resource recovery sector with a range of challenges and opportunities.

“Gippsland’s waste and resource recovery sector is well placed to meet the future demands of population growth, and economic and sustainability expectations.

“We’re encouraged by the pleasing field of submissions that Gippswide Kerbside’s first tender, Organics Processing, has received and by the interest from within Victoria and interstate (mainly from other councils) in the collaborative procurement project and process itself.”

­The project’s second tender, Residual Waste Treatment (household rubbish to landfill) was recently released to market and will be closely followed by a Glass and Mixed Recycling Tender.

“Gippswide Kerbside not only attends to state government policy but responds to a clear preference from industry, business and community for systems that reduce waste to landfill, increase capacity for resource recovery and are environmentally and economically sustainable,” Mr Ellis said. “We look forward to the interest these two tenders generate over the coming months.”

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