E-waste Update

E-waste (electronic waste) 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.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have developed the policy package to ban e-waste from landfill. The EPA will enforce the policy package and support industry to comply with the requirements. There is $15 million dollars for the e-waste Infrastructure Support program for the State. Sustainability Victoria (SV) are responsible for the design and development of the non-regulatory support measures. These support measures include conducting a network assessment (mapping of key sites across the State) and an education campaign.

Consultation on Engage Victoria
Public consultation on the policy impact assessment and the associated draft waste management policies is now closed. A copy of the Managing e-waste in Victoria policy impact assessment, including the draft waste management policies and other key information, can still be accessed here https://engage.vic.gov.au/waste/e-waste