E-waste (electronic waste) as a waste stream is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia. It covers a range of items we all use and discard from our daily working and home lives, including televisions, computers, mobile phones, kitchen appliances and white goods.
These items contain both hazardous and valuable materials that can be recovered when they reach the end of their working life. Acknowledging the risks and opportunities associated with e-waste, the Victorian Government has committed to banning e-waste from landfill in Victoria. The e-waste ban will
be designed to achieve a range of positive outcomes for the Victorian environment, community and industry.
Progress to date
Discussion paper, Managing e-waste in Victoria –
starting the conversation [PDF File - 552.0 KB], released by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) for consultation.
Submissions and summary of feedback [PDF File - 100.1 KB] published.
Targeted consultation on possible approaches to the ban.
Process to develop legislation begins.
We're required by Victorian law to give notice that we intend to:
- vary the existing Waste Management Policy (Siting, Design and Management of Landfills) No. S264, and
- prepare a new waste management policy that describes how e-waste must be managed in Victoria
Please see our notice here [PDF File - 92.2 KB]
If you think you will be impacted by this intention, you may submit information to DELWP by emailing the DELWP project lead at firstname.lastname@example.org.Note: We will continue to seek your feedback on this work. In particular, we will release the draft waste management policies for public comment in mid-2017. We encourage you and all interested parties to contribute your thoughts at that time.
- Ongoing consultation with key stakeholders on various elements of the ban
- Further analysis of possible approaches, including analysing costs and benefits, considering statutory tool(s), and identifying the preferred approach to the ban
Public consultation on preferred approach.
Late 2017 – early 2018
Legislative changes for preferred approach in place, with some operational elements phased in as appropriate.
For more information, contact the Waste and Resource Recovery team at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning via our email: email@example.com.