The amount of e-waste (electronic waste) we create is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia. It covers a range of items we all use in 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 is banning 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.

Read the policy impact assessment (PDF, 6.5 MB) for these waste management policies and related feedback below.

Managing e-waste in Victoria: Response to Comments (PDF, 119.3 KB)

Managing e-waste in Victoria: Response to Comments (DOCX, 165.5 KB)

Supporting the ban

To support the rollout of the ban of e-waste from 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.

Find out more about Sustainability Victoria’s program to upgrade council collection points here.

For more information about the e-waste education campaign, visit Sustainability Victoria’s e-waste website.

Further information

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

Page last updated: 20/06/19