MWMG expands role; regional waste groups consolidated

Victoria’s Metropolitan Waste Management Group (MWMG) has a new name to reflect its expanded role as part of an amendment to the Environment Protection Act, which also led to the amalgamation of regional waste groups.

The amendment, effective from August 1, means that the group’s role will now cover all waste streams, adding commercial and industrial as well construction and demolition waste to its existing work.

To reflect these changes, the MWMG will now be known as the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG).

12 Regional Waste Management Groups have also been consolidated into six larger organisation, which was a recommendation made by the Ministerial Advisory Committee last year and adopted in the government’s 30-year draft Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (SWRRIP), due to be finalised and released shortly.

As a result of this consolidation, the metropolitan region has been expanded geographically to include the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

The six groups as well as the MWRRG will be responsible for the planning for all waste streams and will develop waste and resource recovery implementation plans guided by directions in the draft SWRRIP, which Sustainability Victoria will oversee.

The amalgamation will also provide greater joint procurement opportunities with potential cost savings and ensure that these waste management groups have increased capacity for planning, procurement and education.