The City has provided their submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Recycling and Waste Management.
The submission calls on all tiers of government to collaborate and implement solutions to the recycling and waste management system crisis.
In the submission, the City calls on the federal government to provide greater regulation and enforcement in product stewardship and consumer packaging.
The submission also urges the state government to provide:
- Large scale infrastructure investment
- Market development
- State-wide education
- A container deposit scheme
The Environment and Planning Committee is expected to report on the findings of the inquiry by 13 August.
City of Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood:
Now is the time to reset Victoria’s recycling system and to deliver sustainable solutions to reduce waste generation.
We are committed to working in partnership with the federal and state governments to put a stop to Victoria’s ongoing recycling and waste on crisis.
As the City Deal collaboration model has proven, commitment and partnership between all levels of government can deliver and achieve a common goal for all.
Strategies and programs that will make a real difference include the introduction of a container deposit scheme, consistent state-wide education campaigns and a thorough investigation into the possibility of waste to energy plants.
It is imperative that we act now and we urge the Victorian and Federal governments to pledge funding and support for vital waste programs.
City of Greater Geelong Cr Sarah Mansfield, Chair Environment and Sustainability portfolio:
On Tuesday 26 March, we endorsed the Municipal Association of Victoria’s ‘Rescue our Recycling’ Action Plan, and we are committed to undertaking the steps identified in the plan for local government.
We have also expressed our support for the MAV submission to the parliamentary inquiry.
We need significant government investment to build a sustainable waste and recycling industry within Victoria and reduce the reliance on offshore markets.
The City of Greater Geelong has already shown initiative this space, having opened our own green organics processing facility in 2018, after external contractors were unable to deliver our service requirements.
This facility truly closes the loop for garden waste, demonstrating a genuine circular economy as the material produced goes back into local sporting grounds and farms.
The Victorian government provided $500,000 towards this $3.5 million facility, however it will require significantly more investment from all levels of government to solve the current unsustainable recycling system.
Beyond this submission we will continue to impress on all levels of government the importance of acting to fix this crisis, and work hard to educate to the community about waste reduction