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.

Consultation on Engage Victoria

The Managing e-waste in Victoria policy impact assessment outlines the rationale for a change in policy towards e-waste in Victoria. The policy impact assessment has been prepared to facilitate public consultation on the Andrews Labor Government's proposed policy approach, which will be implemented by both modification of an existing waste management policy and creation of a new waste management policy. Public consultation on the policy impact assessment and the associated draft waste management policies is open until 5pm, 25 January 2018.

A copy of the Managing e-waste in Victoria policy impact assessment, including the draft waste management policies and other key information, can be accessed via the Engage Victoria website and submissions are now invited on these. The public consultation process allows members of the community to comment on what is being proposed before the preferred approach is finalised. Such public input provides valuable information and perspectives, and improves the overall quality of statutory policies.

What's next?

October 2017 - January 2018

Public consultation on preferred e-waste policy approach.

January - March 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.