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Landfills can pollute our land, water and air if they’re not managed in the right way. If you operate a landfill, you must comply with laws that help prevent pollution.

Landfills must follow EPA’s best practice guidance. It includes how to:

  • choose a landfill site that causes the least risk to the environment and community
  • design a landfill that can protect the environment
  • operate, monitor and audit a landfill to show you’re complying with your landfill licence
  • reduce the landfill’s impact on the environment when it closes.

You must follow this guidance when applying for works approvals or landfill licences.

Landfill operators must also pay landfill and prescribed waste levies. This money helps improve waste management across Victoria.

Read next

Managing a landfill

Landfill regulation: for operators

Landfill licences: approvals

Landfill monitoring and auditing: for operators

Guidance and policies for landfill operators

About landfill and prescribed waste levies

Landfill and prescribed waste levies: support

Landfill and prescribed waste levies: audits

Closed landfill environmental assessment: for local councils

Closed landfill environmental assessment: background

Closed landfill environmental assessment: how to use

Reviewed 4 November 2019