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Have your say on waste management

INDUSTRY and business representatives and members of the general public will have a chance to have their say on the waste management and resource recovery needs of Gippsland at local engagement sessions.

The Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group, in collaboration with councils, is in the process of developing a long term plan for Gippsland’s waste management and resource recovery.

As part of the process of developing the Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan, the group is undertaking community and business engagement across the region.

The local events will be at Foster and Leongatha.

The Foster sessions will be on Tuesday February 16 at Foster Community House, with the Leongatha sessions on Thursday February 18 in Meeting Room 1 (Council Chambers) Leongatha Memorial Hall.

On each day there is a Business and Industry Forum from 10am to 12 noon followed by light luncheon, with a Community Forum from 4pm until around 5.30pm. Registration is required for the morning sessions and can be made through the website www.rightcycle.com.au and by email contact@rightcycle.com.au

Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group executive officer Matthew Peake said the business and community engagement was an important part of the Implementation Plan’s development.

“The Plan will guide how we manage waste, with a strong focus on resource recovery, over at least the next decade,” Mr Peake said. “We are keen to hear about what the business community and the general community think are the major issues, the barriers and also the opportunities in waste management and resource recovery.”

The Gippsland Implementation Plan will reflect the goals of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan, which has a strong focus on resource recovery, that is, recycling and reuse. The goals include a reduction in waste going into landfill, increased resource recovery and improved industry viability, and the management of landfill and resource recovery facilities to provide the best economic, community, environment and public health outcomes for local communities.

“We have done and continue to do a lot of work to establish what the various resource streams in Gippsland look like, where they come from and where they go,” Mr Peake said. “This is a vital part of the planning for waste management and important in the context of establishing what we can do better.

“Waste management and resource recovery are big industries, with the sector employing around 8,000 people statewide with an annual turnover of $2.2 billion. As population increases so will the challenges and opportunities and this is what we need to focus on in our region.”

More information about the Gippsland Implementation Plan and the various engagement sessions around the region is available on the website, www.rightcycle.com.au

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