A plan for more efficient waste management in six local government areas across the Goulburn Valley for the next 10 years was approved last week.
Acting Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Richard Wynne announced the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan on Thursday.
Mr Wynne said the plan would mean less waste being sent to landfill, reducing the long-term costs to households, industry and government.
Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group chair Seema Abdullah said there had been significant stakeholder interest and input in the three-year development of the plan.
The plan covers the Campaspe, Shepparton, Strathbogie, Moira, Murrindindi and Mitchell local government areas.
Ms Abdullah said it is one of seven regional implementation plans across Victoria, which aims to tackle future waste and resource recovery needs, projected waste volumes, urban growth and industry demands.
Ms Abdullah said the plan would help provide certainty for those wishing to invest in the area.
‘‘The Goulburn Valley region currently recycles about 66 per cent of its waste, but valuable materials are still sent to landfill.
‘‘The plan sets out clear actions to recycle more, send less waste to landfill and plan for the Goulburn Valley region’s future by using innovative technologies, combined with activities including developing markets for recycled products and continuing the emphasis on community education,’’ Ms Abdullah said.
GVWRRG board member Leigh Wilson said the plan was an important step forward in future waste management.
‘‘If these waste streams are not managed properly they can cause a range of issues, including odours, dust, noise, generation of leachate which can contaminate ground water, soil and generate greenhouse gases that impact the community and environment,’’ Mr Wilson said.
Plan details and a summary of feedback received during the consultation process, are available at www.gvwrrg.vic.gov.au