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GovHack 2016- Track and quantify the flows of waste

Submitted on Wednesday, 27th July - 7.35.

This is a challenge for GovHack 2016. Entry details on  Hackerspace from 7.00pm Friday 29  July 2016

The Challenge

How might we use data to better track and quantify the flows of waste and enable better planning and investment?

As Victoria's population increases, there is greater need to minimise and better manage our waste to create more sustainable communities.
Mapping and quantifying the flows of waste data would provide evidence for forecasting and planning future infrastructure needs for the state.
Industry, local and state government would find this particularly useful given the state infrastructure plan’s purpose and its influence on determining future waste facilities in Victoria. 

What are we attempting to achieve?

We would like to see an increase in resource recovery in Victoria rather than waste to landfill and be able to demonstrate evidence to support planning of landfill alternatives.

Currently 60% of waste in landfill is organic materials which represents an economic and environmental loss however, a massive opportunity in the future for better resource management, new industries, jobs and improved environmental outcomes.
 
We would like to better understand:
  • The flow of waste between waste regions / local governments and the quantities generated and managed in each region and whether there is adequate future infrastructure available to deal with the waste / resources.
  • The visual flow of waste over time will enable better planning for future landfill sites;
  • The composition of waste generated in each waste region / council to enable better economies of scale when considering recycling options and facility locations for industry;
  • This information and understanding could inform better waste management in the state.
  • An example of future outcomes of this work could be that rather than landfilling valuable materials e.g. organic matter (green and food waste) that is high in nutrients and energy, we could be using this waste to create new markets (e.g. compost and waste to energy facilities) and support better organic waste management facilities.

Featured Data

We have excellent time series data but we need to be able to exploit the valuable information contained in it to plan better for future infrastructure needs of Victoria while reducing GHG and making better use of our valuable resources.
 

Organics Recovery in Victoria 2013-14 (part of the Victorian recycling industry annual survey 2013-14)

Rubber Recovery in Victoria 2013-14 (part of the Victorian recycling industry annual survey 2013-14)

Aggregates Mansory Soils Recovery in Victoria 2013-14

Metal Recovery in Victoria 2013-14(part of the Victorian recycling industry annual survey 2013-14)

Plastics Recovery in Victoria 2013-14(part of the Victorian recycling industry annual survey 2013-14)

Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Survey 2013-14

Paper and Cardboard Recovery in Victoria 2013-14

Victorian Local Government Annual Survey 2013-14

LCA Kerbside Recycling Calculator

Glass Recovery in Victoria 2013-14(part of the Victorian recycling industry annual survey 2013-14)

Challenge owner

Sustainability Victoria and Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

 

 
 
 
 

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