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Thursday, 08 March 2012 13:23
Inga Peulich, State Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region is encouraging City of Greater Dandenong businesses and communities to have their say about Victoria’s state of waste, following the release of the Waste Policy Review discussion paper yesterday.
“Last year the Victorian Auditor-General released a damning report into the former Labor Government’s mismanagement of waste in Victoria,” Ms Peulich said.
“I want to ensure the City of Greater Dandenong has the optimal policy settings needed to secure the best environmental and economic outcomes from our waste management systems."
“The Waste Policy Review will examine the strategic, legislative, institutional and investment settings that influence the nature and performance of waste management in Victoria,” Ms Peulich said.
“Responses to the discussion paper will be accepted until 3 May 2012”.
Ryan Smith, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, said he had instructed the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), in partnership with environment portfolio agencies including the Environment Protection Authority, Sustainability Victoria, Metropolitan Waste Management Group and Regional Waste Management Groups to undertake a review of Victorian waste policy.
“As Victoria continues to grow and sustainability remains a key focus, it is essential we take the initiative to re-think what we regard as waste as well as the potential for its treatment recovery," Mr Smith said.
“Input from industry, community and stakeholders is integral to ensuring we explore all options to manage the challenges and grow the opportunities, like organics recovery.”
Ahead of a stakeholder engagement program across the state in early 2012, DSE has released a discussion paper to kick-start the dialogue. A summary paper from the close-out of Victorian Advanced Resource Recovery Initiative (VARRI) highlights the findings, insights, methods of analysis and gaps and is now available on the DSE website.
To download a copy of the Waste Policy Review discussion paper, or to find out more about the review, visit www.dse.vic.gov.au/waste
Further Information: GARY ANDERTON 9772 1366
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