MRA Consulting Group
Waste Planning & Approvals

MRA is a leading strategist in the Australian waste sector, providing advice to federal and state governments, hundreds of councils and businesses of any scale.

MRA currently has over 200 council clients and over 100 major corporate clients.
MRA specialises in waste and recycling economics. We have bespoke models for landfill emission costs, collection of recyclables, company commercial costs and resource recovery. Our expertise includes:

  • Waste strategy for businesses
  • Policy advice to governments
  • Transport and collection options assessment
  • Business case development and assessment
  • Economic modelling
  • Technology assessment
  • Advanced Waste Treatment (AWT) technology procurement and operation
  • MRF operation and design
  • Waste stream innovation


Advocacy and environment policy

Using the latest market based instruments, we work closely with waste regulators to drive and influence industry reform. MRA has developed policy options in relation to:

  • Landfill pricing
  • Waste asset rationalisation
  • Container deposits
  • Medical waste processing
  • Proximity and ‘waste sites’
  • Weight based charging

Our economic analyses includes service costs, technology procurement, infrastructure rationalisation and business case development.


Waste infrastructure and collection optimisation

MRA has a proprietary cost model which can analyse all waste collection and processing options simultaneously. This provides clients with measurable outcomes in terms of cost, carbon, transport logistics and diversion from landfill, making decisions on waste options straightforward.


Business cases

MRA has developed comprehensive business cases for clients establishing new business, expanding or bidding for grants. Our skills include:

  • Profit and loss statements
  • Capital expenditure statements
  • Project finance modelling
  • Funding proposals
  • Discounted Cash Flow (DCF)
  • Net Present Value (NPV)


Technology assessment

MRA has excellent technical, economic and policy experience with AWT development and implementation. Professional support services are available in relation to:

  • Supply agreements
  • Commercial contracts
  • Market capability
  • Site approvals and licences (including EIS)
  • Sales agreements
  • Offtake arrangements
  • Disposal arrangements and business cases
  • Capital grants
  • Design drawings and building specification


Recent projects

Our recent projects include:

  • National Recycling Infrastructure Report
  • National Coastal Vulnerability Assessment
  • Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee – Waste Review
  • NSW Recycling and Infrastructure Report
  • Lake Macquarie Waste Strategy
  • Albury City Waste Roadmap
  • Eurobodalla Waste Roadmap
  • Midwaste Regional Strategy
  • RAMROC Regional Waste Strategy
  • Murray Shire Council Waste Strategy
  • Blue Mountains Waste Options Evaluation
  • Glenorchy City Council Waste Strategy
  • Cessnock Waste Strategy
  • Dulverton Waste Strategy
  • Cradle Coast Waste Governance Review
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