November marks 20 years since the development of regional waste management in Victoria.
The milestone spans the GV Regional Waste Management Group entity which was established in 1997, and the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group which was formed after significant reforms in 2014.
From Cobram to Wallan, the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group (GVWRRG) is leading efforts towards a low-waste society. Forming a united front and aligning local and state governments, the GVWRRG was established as a statutory authority under the Environment Protection Act 1970.
The group brings together six council areas — Campaspe, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi, Greater Shepparton and Strathbogie — and is one of seven waste and resource recovery groups throughout Victoria.
GVWRRG chair Seema Abdullah said the 20 year milestone was an opportunity to recognise the shift that has occurred in how we manage the waste we produce and our approach to recycling in our everyday lives, within business and the sector as a whole.
“Over the past 20 years we have been successful in placing a greater emphasis on both the economic and environmental benefits attached to improving our waste management practices. We are now better positioned to understand the need for continued improvement and advancement in this area,” Ms Abdullah said.
GVWRRG’s purpose, through collaboration, is to integrate statutory planning for waste and resource recovery, attract investment and market development, maximise resource recovery, minimise waste, improve waste and resource recovery infrastructure, manage residual waste and improve delivery capacity.
Ms Abdullah said there was a lot that could be done to continue to improve how we manage our waste and effectively recover and reuse resources that we once sent to landfill.
“We look forward to continuing to work with local government, industry and business to identify opportunities for innovation and new technology which will build on the great work that has been achieved over the past 20 years,” Ms Abdullah said.
The group also advises councils on best practices and infrastructure with an emphasis on joint procurement in the region for cost efficiency with the community and environment in mind.
The GVRRWG Board recently unveiled a 10-year Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan that forms the region’s approach to waste.
“At a group level one of the key objectives is to implement this plan. We need to ensure in the next 10 years we have less reliance on landfill, which means we have to find more efficient ways to recover resources,” Ms Abdullah said.
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