Regional recycling needs infrastructure investment, report finds

Investment in new and upgraded infrastructure is needed to help boost local household recycling and increase the recycling sector’s resilience. A new report has outlined recommendations to improve recycling processing capacity in the Barwon South West Region.

The report is the outcome of the Optimal Regional Infrastructure Model (ORIM) project, led by Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group (BSWWRRG), which was undertaken in consultation with councils and industry across the region.

The recommendations include facilities for crushing glass for local use and new or upgraded sorting facilities in Geelong.

Ashley Pittard, Executive Officer at BSWWRRG who commissioned the report, said it sets the framework for a better recycling system in the region.

“This project will help build the resilience of the region’s recycling sector by developing the infrastructure it needs. We are looking forward to it stimulating investment and funding applications for new facilities.”

“Once implemented, it will better protect the region from market shocks and stimulate the growth of more local processing and jobs.”

The report supports the aims of the state government’s circular economy policy ‘Recycling Victoria – a new economy’. It provides a regional response to the lack of processing capacity in the region. The report also provides provisional business case information that could be used to support private investment in new infrastructure and applications to government grant programs.

The Optimal Regional Infrastructure Model report, developed by engineering, environmental and planning consultancy Ricardo, was jointly funded by local councils, BSWWRRG and Regional Development Victoria, through the Barwon Regional Partnerships Seed Funding. The report is available here.