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New provider to transform Melbourne’s waste and recycling services

24 June 2024

The City of Melbourne and Citywide have today announced the decision to sell Citywide’s waste business to Cleanaway Waste Management Limited (Cleanaway).  

The City of Melbourne has worked with the Citywide Board to identify a buyer for the business – with Melbourne-based Cleanaway chosen as the best operator to deliver world-class waste collection services.  

The deal includes Cleanaway’s $110 million purchase of Citywide’s waste and recycling business and assets, and a $35 million investment to redevelop the aging waste transfer station at Dynon Road in West Melbourne. The redevelopment will be boosted by a further $10 million by the City of Melbourne. 

The surplus proceeds from the sale to Cleanaway will provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to establish a City of Melbourne Future Fund – which will deliver strategic projects that benefit the community for decades to come.  

As a condition of the sale, Cleanaway will enter into a 35-year lease of the Dynon Road waste transfer station and partner with the City of Melbourne to deliver a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility with environmentally sustainable design.  

The Dynon Road waste transfer station is one of the largest of its kind in Victoria – and the City of Melbourne is working to ensure it remains at the forefront of waste management and recycling in Australia.  

Cleanaway is a leader in managing complex municipal, commercial and industrial waste services in Melbourne. Services for residents will be improved through investments in new technology to better accept and consolidate waste – including general household rubbish, organics, glass, and electronics. 

Citywide Service Solutions Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Melbourne, established in 1995. The sale is subject to customary conditions precedent, including ACCC regulatory approval.  

Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor Sally Capp  

“The creation of a Future Fund is a milestone for our city – a fund that will help deliver intergenerational city projects.”

“High quality waste and recycling management is essential for our city – and we’re confident Cleanaway can ensure that Melbourne remains a clean and welcoming place for our community.”

“Through this sale, we will partner with Cleanaway to build the best state-of-the-art waste transfer hub in the country – to meet the needs of the fastest growing city in Australia.”

“We don’t take this decision lightly and have undertaken extensive analysis to ensure that benefits will flow back to the community.”

Quotes attributable to Mark Schubert, CEO and Managing Director of Cleanaway Waste Management Limited 

“We are looking forward to welcoming the Citywide waste team to Cleanaway and building strong partnerships with their customers and councils.” 

“As Australia’s largest resource recovery and waste management business, we will support these efforts through our extensive experience, commitment to safety, advanced facilities, and technology.” 

“Redeveloping the Dynon Road site into a modern, community-friendly waste transfer station in partnership with the City of Melbourne will create a best-in-class facility. This will serve residents and businesses while enhancing sustainability and waste circularity in the Melbourne area.” 

Quotes attributable to Citywide CEO, Chris Campbell 

“The waste and recycling business has been an integral part of Citywide and its culture since formation almost 30 years ago, with a number of the current team transferring from the City of Melbourne then as inaugural employees.” 

“We are pleased that employees will be able to continue their career, and bring their experience, know-how and commitment to servicing Melbourne’s inner-city amenity, with a leader in the sector.”

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