Victoria calls for comment on e-waste ban
The Victorian Government is calling for submissions on the details of its proposed ban on e-waste from landfill-waste.
The ban on e-waste from landfill was an election commitment of the Labor government, and to date 16.5 million has been invested in measures to make the ban more effective, including an education and awareness campaign about e-waste recycling, and new e-waste collection points to be installed across the state.
E-waste includes any device that requires a power cord or a battery to operate and that is no longer wanted or useful, including phones, computer and computer accessories, and even kitchen equipment such as toasters.
E-waste is growing three times faster than general waste with research showing that in 2015 some 109,000 tonnes of e-waste got into the Victorian waste system. Projections suggest Victoria will be producing 256,000 tonnes of e-waste by 2035.
The development of the Waste Management Policies to ban e-waste from landfill and ensure appropriate management of e-waste is a joint project between DELWP and the Environment Protection Authority.
Victoria’s seven waste and resource recovery groups, who help to deliver waste and resource recovery programs around the state, will join with these other agencies to discuss the ban and the supporting measures with stakeholders.
A policy impact assessment and draft Waste Management Policies that will give effect to the ban have been released for public comment until January 25, with the ban expected to be implemented by July 2018. These documents are available at www.engage.vic.gov.au/waste/e-waste