What We Do

At Barwon South West Waste & Resource Recovery Group (BSWRRG), we find innovative ways to reduce and recycle waste and plan for the future waste and recycling needs of the Barwon South West.  

We work closely with nine local councils, businesses and the community to achieve our vision of being a leader in waste minimisation and resource recovery.

We achieve this by:

  • Gathering knowledge and data about what is happening with recycling and waste;
  • Ensuring that there are enough facilities and processors to handle recycling and waste in Barwon South West;
  • Providing advice on recycling and waste issues;
  • Working with the community to reduce, reuse and recycle waste;
  • Working with councils to improve recycling and waste services for their communities;
  • Supporting councils to work together on recycling and waste initiatives;
  • Investigating new and interesting ways to turn waste from a problem material into a resource;
  • Connecting the makers of waste with processors to help them find new ways to reduce and recycle; and
  • Assisting groups to obtain funding for waste reduction and recycling activities.

Read more about our governance, planning and reporting here.

Legislation

We were established in 2014 under the Environment Protection Act 1970 (the Act), which sets out our objectives, functions and powers.  We are one of seven Statutory Authorities set up under the Act to facilitate a coordinated approach to the planning and delivery of infrastructure and services for waste reduction and recycling.

The objectives of a Waste and Resource Recovery Group are:

  1. to undertake waste and resource recovery infrastructure planning to meet the future needs of its waste and resource recovery region while minimising the environmental and public health impacts of waste and resource recovery infrastructure;
  2. to facilitate efficient procurement of waste and resource recovery infrastructure and services for its waste and resource recovery region through the collective procurement of waste management facilities and waste and resource recovery services in the region;
  3. to integrate regional and local knowledge into statewide waste and resource recovery market development strategies;
  4. to educate businesses and communities within its waste and resource recovery region to reduce waste going to landfill by using waste and resource recovery infrastructure and services efficiently; and
  5. to ensure Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans and programs are informed by local government, business and community and inform statewide waste and resource recovery planning and programs.
  6. In seeking to achieve its objectives, a Waste and Resource Recovery Group must collaborate with councils, Sustainability Victoria, the Authority, industry, business and the community.

Section 49H: Functions

The functions of a Waste and Resource Recovery Group are:

  1. to plan for the future needs of waste and resource recovery infrastructure within its waste and resource recovery region consistently with the statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan;
  2. to facilitate the provision of waste and resource recovery infrastructure and services by councils within its waste and resource recovery region;
  3. to facilitate the development of contracts for the joint procurement of waste management facilities and waste and resource recovery services within its waste and resource recovery region;
  4. to manage contracts in the performance of its objectives and functions;
  5. to work with Sustainability Victoria, councils, businesses and communities to ensure statewide waste and resource recovery education programs are adapted to the needs of its waste and resource recovery region and to facilitate the delivery of those education programs;
  6. to advise, with Sustainability Victoria, councils and businesses within its waste and resource recovery region on best practices for waste and resource recovery systems, facilities and services;
  7. to support its waste and resource recovery region’s Local Government Waste Forum to enable the Waste Forum to perform its functions; and
  8. to undertake waste and resource recovery projects as funded by government, councils and other organisations.