Infrastructure Victoria report released

Nine new resource recovery facilities will be needed in the Barwon South West region by 2039 according to a report from Infrastructure Victoria.

The report, released in mid-May, provides advice on the infrastructure required to improve resource recovery in Victoria. It focuses on six priority materials including plastic, paper, glass, tyres, organics and e-waste.

Using statewide modelling, Infrastructure Victoria identified that 87 new or upgraded resource recovery facilities will be needed by 2039 to meet current and future needs. These facilities would increase Victoria’s processing capacity by over 3.1 million tonnes per annum and it is estimated that they could cost up to $1.1 billion to construct.

Within the Barwon South West region, nine new facilities are recommended including:

Facility type Indicative Location
Mixed material Materials Recovery Facility Geelong
Commercial and industrial paper recovery facility Geelong
Solar panel reprocessing facility Geelong
Small sand/aggregate plant (processing glass) North Geelong and Warrnambool
In-vessel composting facility North Geelong and Warrnambool
Plastics processing facility (chemical processing, flaking and pelletising) Geelong
Plastic processing facility (flaking and pelletising) Warrnambool

The report outlines a staged approach for infrastructure investment based on modelled capacity needs. Increased processing capacity will be needed in Victoria as the national bans on the export of waste plastics, paper, and glass are introduced over the next four years.

Some of the other improvements to Victoria’s resource recovery system recommended in the report include:

  • the introduction of waste minimisation initiatives
  • delivery of ongoing statewide and local education programs
  • a review of funding mechanisms for infrastructure
  • increased diversion of organic waste from landfill and
  • strengthened markets for priority materials.

For a copy of the report, visit https://www.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/project/advice-on-waste-infrastructure-in-victoria/