In the largest environmental overhaul in Victoria in decades, a Victorian Liberal Nationals government has committed to ending household waste being sent to Victorian landfill by 2035.
This visionary Zero to Landfill policy will bring energy-from-waste technology currently being used in central Paris, Amsterdam, Germany and Singapore to Victoria along with reforms to recycling.
Large scale energy-from-waste facilities will also create a low emission, baseload energy supply to help meet Victoria’s growing energy needs.
Interim targets will see a 33 per cent reduction in household waste to landfill by 2025, a 66 per cent reduction by 2030 and a 100 per cent reduction by 2035.
A Liberal Nationals government will also ensure our recycling processing industry upgrades, so that Victorians’ recycling goes to market, instead of going to landfill as it is under Labor.
The Zero to Landfill policy:
- commits $120 million over four years from the states’ Sustainability Fund to create a Zero to Landfill Fund. This Fund will have a Recycling Futures stream to help upgrade recycling facilities and an Energy from Waste to stream to deliver energy-from-waste projects in Victoria;
- commits government departments to work with industry to expedite approvals to get Victoria’s waste management and recycling back on track; and
- sets an ambitious target to eliminate household waste going to landfill by 2035.
Earlier this year, together with our Liberal Coalition partners, the Victorian Nationals announced that if elected we would require government agencies such as Parks Victoria and the Victorian Schools Building Authority to prioritise fully recycled plastic products as part of their purchasing policies.
This would take plastic waste and uses it to create recycled plastic products, such as park benches, bollards, walkways and playground material, which can then be enjoyed by the community.
Under a Liberal Nationals government, introducing large scale energy-from-waste and upgrading our recycling capability means that Victoria will no longer need to export our waste and recycling to other countries, nor will we be sending our recycling to landfill.
Victoria desperately needs to reduce the waste we send to landfill and we need new, low emission sources of energy.
Energy-from-waste technology is the key. It is proven, clean technology in use all around the world. It’s time we brought it to Victoria and a future Liberal Nationals government will make it happen.
By investing in energy-from-waste facilities and upgrading recycling technology throughout Victoria, a Liberal Nationals government will eliminate household waste going to landfill by 2035.
By delivering energy-from-waste facilities in Victoria, we can reduce what we send to landfill and turn it into reliable, low emission energy.
This is part of our plan for Victoria’s future. We must take greater responsibility for our own waste, and not ship it off to other countries.
Our plan will mean less waste going to landfill, better recycling and new clean energy for Victoria.
Our plan is about doing the right thing, solving today’s problems and standing up for future generations.