The Victorian Government invites community and industry input on its proposal to ban e-waste from landfill.
E-waste includes devices such as phones, computers and computer accessories, and even kitchen equipment such as toasters. These can contain poisonous or hazardous substances such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, chromium, dioxins and others.
The Government has invested $16.5 million in measures to make the ban more effective, including an education and awareness campaign about how and why we should manage and recycle e-waste, and new e-waste collection points to be installed across the state.
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.
Victoria’s seven waste and resource recovery groups, who help to deliver waste and resource recovery programs around the state, will join with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Environment Protection Authority to discuss the ban and the supporting measures.
A policy impact assessment and draft Waste Management Policies have now been released for public comment for three months. The ban is expected to be implemented by July 2018.
The documents are available to the public at www.engage.vic.gov.au/waste/e-waste.