See what’s happening in the waste and resource recovery space.
Recycling Victoria – A new economy
Recycling Victoria represents the Victorian Government’s action plan to reform our waste and recycling system over the next decade. Victoria’s transition to a circular economy will be guided by four goals spanning the life cycle of materials (make, use, recycle and manage). Each goal is designed to maximise value and minimise waste. For further information, click here.
The amount of e-waste (electronic waste) is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia. E-waste covers a range of items that we use in our daily lives, including televisions, computers, mobile phones, kitchen appliances and white goods. These items contain both hazardous and valuable materials that can be recovered when they reach the end of their working life.
The Victorian Government banned e-waste from Victoria’s landfills from 1 July 2019 as a way of reducing risk and increasing opportunities for recovery of valuable components. For more information on the introduction of the ban, visit E-Waste in Victoria.
For guidance on how to deal with e-waste, contact your local council or visit Sustainability Victoria.
Plastic bag ban
Plastic pollution is an urgent environmental problem. Globally, thousands of tonnes of plastic enter our waterways and oceans each year. To combat this, the Victorian Government banned lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 November 2019. Coles and Woolworths banned them in mid-2018. If you are a business, for further information, visit the Vic Ban Bag Website
What bags will be banned?
The common lightweight plastic shopping bags, including biodegradable, degradable and compostable lightweight plastic.
What bags will NOT be banned?
Barrier bags for fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, garbage bags and bin liners, and animal waste bags.
Alternatively, use “green” (woven polypropylene) and hessian bags, and reuse plastic bags whenever possible.
Plastic bags are only part of the problem. Cigarette butts, food and beverage containers and other single-use plastic items are also a major concern. The Victorian State Government has committed to developing a Plastic Pollution Action Plan to prioritise the most effective actions to reduce other types of plastic pollution.
Australasian Recycling Label (ARL)
Confusion about how to recycle different types of packaging is creating a considerable challenge for consumers in Australia. To address this, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) launched a nationwide labelling scheme to help consumers better understand how to recycle products effectively and assist brand owners to design packaging that is recyclable at end-of-life. This provides clear and consistent on-pack recycling information to inform consumers of the correct disposal method. Find out more about the ARL program here.
APCO is a co-regulatory, not-for-profit organisation that partners with government and industry to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on the Australian environment.