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 will ban e-waste from Victoria’s landfill from 1 July 2019. New regulatory measures, in the form of waste management policies, have been developed to ban e-waste from landfill and specify how e-waste must be managed. They are available on Environment Protection Authority Victoria’s website.
Helping local councils to implement e-waste ban - now starting 1 July 2019
To support the rollout of the ban on e-waste in landfills, the Victorian Government is investing $16.5 million to upgrade e-waste collection and storage facilities across the state and to deliver an education campaign to support the ban.
The Victorian Government understands that infrastructure across the state needs to be upgraded to support the increasing volumes of e-waste in Victoria.
$15 million has been allocated to upgrade Victoria’s e-waste collection network, increase community access to e-waste disposal points, and expand local councils’ capacity to receive the increasing volume safely. More than 130 e-waste collection sites will be upgraded across Victoria in the process.
Find out more about the e-waste infrastructure support program on Sustainability Victoria’s website. The first grant round closed on 14 September 2018.
Reducing the level of e-waste being generated is everyone’s responsibility. This is why the Victorian Government is investing $1.5 million on an education and awareness campaign to help make sure it’s as easy as possible. The education and awareness campaign aims to help people and businesses better manage e-waste and will emphasise what e-waste is and where it can be taken to.
For more information, visit Sustainability Victoria’s e-waste website.
Consultation on Victoria's approach to managing e-waste
Public consultation on the policy impact assessment and the associated draft waste management policies is now closed.
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.
For access to individual submissions, please contact the Waste and Resource Recovery team via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Managing e-waste in Victoria: Continuing the Conversation provides information on the next steps to implement the e-waste ban and the rationale for and implications of the new commencement date.