Material Recovery Facilities Operators

MRF Frequently Asked Questions

Am I considered a material recovery facility operator?

A MRF operator operates one or more lawful material recovery facilities that receive suitable eligible containers from a permitted material source in Victoria.  At this current stage, this does not include MRF operators that are a bottle crushing service operator or an alternative waste treatment (AWT) plant operator.

The definition of a material recovery facility as included in the Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Act 2021 Div 2 (1) is:

(a) a mixed-stream material recovery facility that sorts—

(i) mixed recycling from municipal residual waste into separate paper, plastic, metal and glass streams or other prescribed material; and

(ii) industrial waste; or

(b) a single-stream material recovery facility that—

(i) sorts material that has been sorted at a mixed-stream material recovery facility; or

(ii) takes single streams of waste and separates the component grades of the material;

What reporting and other requirements do I have as a MRF operator?

The requirements and obligations for MRF operators are being finalised and more information will be available soon (including the relevant protocols).