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.

Response to comments

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Victorian Government's plan to better manage e-waste.

Managing e-waste in Victoria: Response to Comments summarises the issues, concerns and comments raised during the consultation. It also provides the government's response to those comments, including how feedback has been considered in the final design of the regulatory measures.

Managing e-waste in Victoria: Response to Comments and all written submissions can be accessed via the Engage Victoria website. The final waste management policies will be available to view on Environment Protection Authority Victoria's website from 28 June 2018.

Helping local councils to implement e-waste ban - now starting 1 July 2019

The Victorian Government is investing $16.5 million to upgrade e-waste collection and storage facilities across the state and deliver an education campaign to support the ban on e-waste in landfills.

More than 130 e‑waste collection sites will be upgraded across Victoria, expanding Victoria’s capacity to receive and safely manage rising volumes of e-waste. The education and awareness campaign will educate Victorians on what e-waste is and how to appropriately manage it.

This work will align with the government’s decision to commence the ban on 1 July 2019, which was made in response to important issues raised during consultation on the e-waste ban.

An update on the consultation including some of the key issues received through feedback, the implications of the new commencement date and the next steps of the supporting measures can be read in the document below.

Managing e-waste in Victoria - Continuing the conversation
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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 via the Engage Victoria website.

What's next?

January - May 2018

Review and respond to submissions received on preferred e-waste approach.

Mid-2018

Implementation of preferred e-waste policy approach.

Further information

For more information, please contact the Waste and Resource Recovery team via email wastepolicy@delwp.vic.gov.au.