The Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (SWRRIP) 2015-2044 has been released and provides a plan to deal with the future waste repercussions of population growth in Victoria.
Victoria’s population is growing fast and with it, the amount of waste produced. With the number of Victorians expected to increase from 5.8 million to 8.9 million by 2043, based on current trends Melbourne is likely to see total waste generation almost double from 12.2 million tonnes in 2011-12 to 20.6 million tonnes in 2043-44.
Victoria needs to reduce the demand on the environment and improve resource recovery to ensure the long term viability of the waste system. Through Sustainability Victoria, the Victorian Government is also developing initiatives to drive behavioural change and reduce the generation of waste.
Behavioural change will be targeted to reduce the generation of waste, however strategic and integrated infrastructure planning, guided by the principles of environmental justice, land use, planning and economic development will rely heavily on the details that SWRRIP provides.