Reduce demand for virgin resources
Suppliers can reduce demand for virgin resources. They can swap them for alternative or recycled materials that perform just as well.
The Victorian Government recommends that suppliers substitute alternative or recycled materials for virgin materials if permitted under, or specified in, the contract.
This approach frees supply to meet demand where there is no substitute for extractive resources.
It also helps prevent stockpiles of recovered materials such as:
- rubber, including tyres
Recovered materials can have a negative impact on the health, safety and environment of the Victorian community.
Using recycled materials is a critical part of a circular economy. It allows Victoria to use and reuse resources in a sustainable and cost-effective way.
Sustainability Victoria’s provides government buyers with easy access to suppliers and recycled material options when considering products for purchasing and infrastructure projects. Suppliers should list products containing recycled content in the directory. Suppliers can register their products on the Buy Recycled Directory .
Reviewed 13 April 2021