New Strategy To Drive Down Waste

Helping Victorians keep more waste out of landfill, reduce the amount of waste generated and boosting recycling is the focus of the new Victorian Waste Education Strategy.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today officially launched the strategy as educators from across Victoria gathered in Ballarat.

The two-day conference, hosted by Sustainability Victoria and the Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group, brings together waste industry educators and local and state government.

The Victorian Waste Education Strategy has been developed by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with communities, councils and the waste industry acknowledging the need for shared responsibility and to increase the effectiveness of education by using the best techniques and behavioural insights.

It aims to provide a consistent and coordinated statewide approach to waste education, focusing on behaviour change and increased understanding of the need for, and value of, waste and resource recovery activities.

The 10-year strategy will prioritise:
•Understanding of community attitudes and perceptions towards waste services and infrastructure – and potentially improve these
•Delivery of programs to tackle food waste (for example, organic waste)
•Improving resource recovery, for example, behavior change and supporting local interventions to address contamination issues
•Reducing litter and illegal dumping, including industrial waste.

Implementation of the strategy will be led by Sustainability Victoria alongside the Victorian Market Development Strategy for Recovered Resources and the Victorian Organics Resource Recovery Strategy through a $2 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“This about helping protect the environment by keeping more waste out of landfill through increasing recycling, reducing contamination and minimising the amount of waste people generate.”

“Our strategy also aims to help ensure industry is engaging with communities in the most effective way about decisions on waste and resource recovery infrastructure that may impact them.”

Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“There are huge economic and environmental opportunities for Victoria in waste and resource recovery, and we need a plan to ensure that we are in a position to maximise them while minimising impacts on local communities.”