CONSTITUENCY QUESTION & RESPONSE | WASTE TO ROADS

Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan): My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Lily D’Ambrosio. Since the formulation of a consultation report into waste-to-energy technology last year, I have become more aware of and concerned about the waste storage issue in Melbourne and the fact that we need a multifaceted approach to dealing with it. I was excited to see the new initiative employed by the Hume City Council in the creation of a 300-metre stretch of road. This road was created using an additive which contains plastic bags, printer cartridges and glass bottles. Melbourne recycling company Close the Loop discovered the additive, and even they are stunned by the results. Further testing will take place. My question for the minister is: how can local councils in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region get involved in this trial and form a part of the rollout, should that prove successful?

20 June 2018