A foam cup in landfill will take more than 500 years to break down. The rubber sole of a shoe—up to 80 years.
When we bury our household rubbish, we create more than a lifetime of problems.
In landfill, the food and green waste we throw out breaks down and creates a potent greenhouse gas known as methane. Twenty times stronger than carbon dioxide, methane contributes to global warming.
Even the best managed landfills can produce smells and litter and attract unwelcome pests, impacting the communities that live nearby.
In the south east, we have some of Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs, and the population is expected to grow substantially in coming years. More people will produce more rubbish and it will need to go somewhere.
Yet landfills in the south east of Melbourne are filling up and no more are planned to be built. So councils will have to transport large amounts of rubbish across Melbourne to other landfills.
But why bury rubbish when the average household rubbish bin contains materials that can be put to better use?
City of Monash is partnering with 15 councils from Melbourne’s south east to seek proposals from industry for a smarter way to deal with household rubbish—advanced waste processing.
Advanced waste processing solutions are proven technologies that recover valuable materials or produce energy from household rubbish. They are used safely and reliably around the world—in Europe, North America and Asia.
Advanced waste processing is a great solution for household rubbish that would normally go to landfill. We still need to continue kerbside recycling and green and food waste collection services as part of a total approach to managing waste.
There are no advanced waste processing facilities in metropolitan Melbourne that can handle large quantities of household rubbish—new facilities are needed. So councils are seeking proposals from businesses to design, build and operate an advanced waste processing facility.
Together, we’ll deliver a vital alternative to landfill that will transform how household rubbish is managed. We’ll put it to good use instead of burying it in the ground and leaving a problem for future generations.
You can find out more at www.mwrrg.vic.gov.au/smartersolution