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Waste and resource management support for local governments

RMCG has assisted several local government areas in Victoria and Tasmania to develop waste and resource management strategies that are strongly aligned with current policies and legislation, inclusive and relevant to key stakeholders and outcome-focused for maximum impact.

The development of effective waste and resource management strategies is a key priority for many organisations, particularly local governments. RMCG’s team of environmental consultants have strong skills and experience in this area, referencing three key principles to develop targeted strategies for our clients.

1. Scoping to ensure alignment

We analyse current policies and legislation to ensure alignment at the local, state and national levels when developing waste and resource management strategies.

This was demonstrated in 2019 when Central Goldfields Shire Council in Victoria sought our services to finalise the development of its Waste Management Strategy following the completion of community engagement and collation of waste data.

RMCG provided further context to the existing information, including articulation to national, state and regional regulatory requirements, and Council’s own plans and policies. RMCG facilitated a workshop with Council administrators and members of the Executive Management Team to set the strategic direction within these constraints. Realistic actions were then developed, in close consultation with Council representatives, to enable Council and the Central Goldfields community to achieve multiple waste and resource recovery goals.

According to the client, RMCG “successfully engaged with the Board, created a document at a high level but with general approachability and understanding for the local level”. The Strategy was accepted by Council with only minor alterations.

Central Goldfields Waste Management Strategy cover

2. Development that is inclusive and relevant

We engage with community, stakeholders and Councillors during the drafting and finalisation of waste and resource management strategies to improve buy-in and ownership with key stakeholders.

When RMCG partnered with Optimum Standard to develop a Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy for Derwent Valley Council in southern Tasmania, it was crucial to understand the current and potential future operations of Council through sufficient community consultation. The aim was to develop realistic actions for the Council that sat within existing policy and legislative frameworks, but also took into account local and regional influences and constraints. This work is due for completion in the second half of 2020.

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3. Implementation that focuses on outcomes

Our waste and resource management strategies are practical and deliver real outcomes to reduce the amount of waste produced, divert waste from landfill and improve resource recovery.

For example, RMCG assisted Mansfield Shire Council in Victoria to develop its Waste Management Strategy for the next five years, which aimed to significantly reduce the amount of waste produced by the Mansfield community and increase recovery of resources.

This process involved a review of the current policies and legislation, as well as workshops with the community, stakeholders and Councillors before and after the draft strategy was developed. The strategic direction was informed by the objectives of the broader Mansfield community, as well as regional strategic directions set by the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria: A new economy document and other relevant policies, strategies and legislation

Our approach to this piece of work was appreciated by the client because it was collaborative, we took the time to ensure that the strategy reflected the ambitions of the Council and the community, and that it would meet or exceed Victorian Government targets for waste reduction and resource recovery.

Contact our expert team

If you are looking for assistance to develop or improve your waste and resource management strategy, please get in touch with:

Morag Anderson: moraga@rmcg.com.au, 0438 343 008

Melissa Ludeman: melissal@rmcg.com.au, 0431 816 316

Isabel Axiö: isabela@rmcg.com.au, 0424 966 367

Team

Morag Anderson

Morag Anderson

Consultant

BSc (Hons), Dip.Proj.Mgmnt

Morag is an experienced project manager, with a great ability to synthesise technical information and communicate it to a wide audience.  She has a great understanding of regulatory processes. She also brings critical thinking and an awareness of individual differences and needs to projects.  She has a science background with a broad understanding of environmental disciplines.

Melissa Ludeman

Melissa Ludeman

Consultant

B.Env.Sci. (Hons)

Mel is working primarily in the facilitation and strategy area of the business. She has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) at Deakin University. Prior to joining RMCG, Mel was employed in conservation projects around Victoria. For her honours project, Mel worked with an Aboriginal Cooperative to evaluate their grassland management strategies in the You Yangs.

Isabel Axiö

Isabel Axiö

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Mgt. (Sustainable Development)

Isabel has 6 years’ experience in the environmental management sector and her key areas of expertise are in sustainable management of recycled water and organic wastes. Waste is an important and longstanding interest of Isabel’s, especially organic waste avoidance, processing, whole production-line waste minimisation, as well as recycling and product stewardship projects. She wants to link this interest with interdisciplinary environmental projects in climate change mitigation, sustainable natural resource management and agricultural production systems.

Hilary Hall

Hilary Hall

Senior Consultant

M.Eng.Sci. (Water & Wastewater Treatment), B.Eng. (Chem.)

Hilary is an experienced consulting engineer with expertise in wastewater treatment and biosolids management. She has experience in wastewater treatment design, operation, contaminant investigations and recycled water use. Hilary’s biosolids expertise includes strategic planning, options assessment, beneficial agricultural use and unregulated contaminants. With a background in wastewater operations, Hilary has a strong emphasis on developing management plans which are practical, site-specific and easy to understand.