Waste management has both negative and positive greenhouse impacts. Negative impacts include emissions from landfills,organics processing and fossil fuel
use. Positive impacts include the generation of renewable energy, emission offsets from materials recovery and carbon storage The Federal Government’s moves
to put a dollar price on some of these carbon impacts will affect the costs of waste management. This information sheet summarises the ways that carbon pricing are likely to affect waste management in metropolitan Melbourne. It addresses the carbon pricing mechanism, the carbon farming initiative, materials and energy recovery and what council waste managers can do. It has been developed by Blue Environment Pty Ltd on behalf of MWMG.