E-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.
Starting the conversation
On 17 September 2015, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) released the discussion paper, Managing e-waste in
Victoria – starting the conversation [PDF File - 552.0 KB]. The purpose of the discussion paper was to start the conversation about the Andrews Government's commitment to ban e-waste from landfill and to seek further information from those likely to be interested or affected.
A total of 45 submissions were received during our consultation period, all of which will help to inform the identification and design of possible approaches to the ban.
To read a summary of submissions received and learn about our key findings, click here [PDF File - 100.1 KB].
To view the submissions received, click
Over the next six months, we will be:
- identifying and designing possible approaches to the landfill ban
- testing them with key stakeholders
- assessing them in line with Victoria's legislative requirements
- consulting broadly with industry, local government and the Victorian community
We will continue to keep you informed during this process.
For more information, contact the Waste and Resource Efficiency team at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning via our email: firstname.lastname@example.org.