Rescue our Recycling

Campaign objective

Victorians are committed recyclers. We are great at it, but our recycling system is in crisis. Unsustainable levels of waste generation and market failure are the primary causes.

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We have created an action plan setting out five key actions for each level of government to help save and strengthen our broken recycling system.

The plan identifies the need for stronger leadership and increased investment by governments, greater regulation of our recycling industry, and more responsibility placed on businesses to generate less waste.

Join the campaign

We encourage councils to take action:

  • Write letters or meet with your local State and Federal MPs to brief them on how the crisis is impacting your community. Provide them with a copy of the Rescue Our Recycling Action Plan (PDF - 174.7KB)
  • Issue a media release voicing your support for the Rescue Our Recycling Action Plan
  • Use the #rescueourrecycling hashtag on social media alongside posts calling for action by #springst or #auspol in line with the applicable five point action plan
  • Include the Rescue our Recycling logo on your website and in social media promotions: Logo package (Zip file - 2MB).

About landfill levies

The Victorian Government charges a landfill levy on all waste disposed of at licensed landfills in Victoria. Councils pay the levy on municipal waste sent to landfill, with the cost passed through to ratepayers via garbage charges for kerbside collections, gate fees at landfills/transfer stations or rates.

In March 2010, the Government announced that it was substantially increasing landfill levies in order to provide the community with an incentive to improve their resource recovery. The cost per tonne in 2009-10 was $7 in rural areas and $9 in metropolitan areas, however this has risen progressively to $31.71 in rural areas and $63.28 in metropolitan areas in 2017-18. The levies continue to rise each year.

According to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning annual report, the income from municipal and industrial landfill levies in 2018 was $228.9 million. After funding State environment agencies, the remaining $80 million of the levies went into the Sustainability Fund to foster sustainable use of resources, best practice waste management and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The total money accrued in the Sustainability Fund as at 30 June 2018 was $511 million.

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