E-waste in Victoria

E-waste is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia. It covers a range of items we 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 materials, which can harm the environment and human health, and valuable materials which are scarce and worth recovering. 

For these reasons, it’s important that e-waste is well managed. A package of proposed measures was developed to reduce e-waste from landfill, increase resource recovery and support jobs and investment in the recycling sector. 

New requirements for e-waste

After researching and consulting on various approaches, a proposed package was developed that contains both regulatory and non-regulatory measures. Since 1 July 2019, e-waste has been banned from landfill in Victoria and needs to be managed in accordance with the Waste Management Policy (E-waste)

The landfill ban of e-waste is reflected in Variation to Waste Management Policy (Siting, Design and Management of Landfills)

A copy of the Managing e–waste in Victoria policy impact assessment can be accessed on Engage Victoria. Public consultation on the proposed changes and the policy impact assessment occurred from 4 October 2017 to 25 January 2018. 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

This page was copied from EPA’s old website. It was last updated on 10 October 2018. 

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