Have Your Say On Banning E-Waste From Landfill In Victoria

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville is inviting Victorians to have their say on the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to ban electronic waste from our state’s landfills.

E-waste, which includes TVs, computers and white-goods, is growing three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia, and a continued increase in its volume will increase pressure on our waste management infrastructure and the environment.

The Labor Government is getting on with the job of meeting its election commitments on waste management.

Banning e-waste from landfill in Victoria will reduce waste going into landfill, increase recovery of valuable resources and support jobs and investment in the recycling industry.

This consultation process is important because removing such a significant source of waste from our landfills will require action from the community, as well as recyclers and landfill managers.

The Government’s goals for waste and resource recovery are outlined in Victoria’s Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (SWRRIP).

The SWRRIP provides a long-term vision for Victoria’s landfills to only receive and treat waste streams from which all materials that can be viably recovered, have been recovered. The commitment to ban e-waste from landfill supports this through supporting the development of alternatives to landfill.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in partnership with the Environment Protection Authority, Sustainability Victoria and Victoria’s waste and resource recovery groups, has released a consultation paper to help develop the best approach.

We want to hear your thoughts and learn from your experiences on a range of topics relating to e-waste; including the problems with e-waste, information about the recycling industry and its future role in e-waste recovery, and barriers to recycling e-waste today.

Feedback can be provided at: http://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/e-waste

Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville

“We want to hear the views of communities, industry bodies and recyclers, about the proposed ban on dumping e-waste in our landfills.”

“Developing a better plan for e-waste will help create jobs, grow our recycling industry and preserve our environment for all Victorians to enjoy.”

“An e-waste landfill ban will require change in the way that industry, community and local government manages e-waste. It’s critical that we work together to understand the impacts and develop the best approach.”