Keeping in touch with the Waste Policy Review

 Keeping in touch with the Waste Policy Review 

As you already know the Department of Sustainability and Environment and environment portfolio partners are conducting a review of waste policy.
With the consultation period complete, it is an opportune time to send you an update on the review and its next steps.   Since the March launch of the discussion paper, 71 submissions were received and they have been invaluable in giving the review team a picture of what people consider to be issues.
Additionally, an engagement program of 17 workshops was rolled out across the state and we were pleased that over 400 people attended these sessions.
The public submissions can now be found online at www.dse.vic.gov.au/waste
Later this year a draft waste policy paper will be released for public comment as the next step in the Government’s reform of waste management.
Keeping in touch with the Waste Policy Review – If you haven’t already, get in touch with the team at wastepolicy@dse.vic.gov.au to join the conversation online at our Yammer group for information and feedback from the engagement sessions. The Yammer group is part of a private, online social network that allows invited stakeholders to make comments, ask questions or share information, so get involved.

Waste Management and Resource Efficiency

Waste Policy Review

With Victoria’s current waste policy (Towards Zero Waste) ready to sunset in 2014, the Victorian Government has embarked on a broad review of the existing waste policy settings and practices.WastePolicyReviewPaper
The Waste Policy Review, led by DSE in partnership with portfolio partners will create a new solid waste policy that reflects and balances the needs of key stakeholders including industry, local government and the community.

Waste Policy Review engagement

To ensure that the new policy can deliver strong environmental, social and economic outcomes, it was important to hear from our stakeholders. DSE and portfolio partners ran an extensive engagement phase during March and April 2012. Over 400 people attended one of 17 Waste Policy Review workshops run across the state. These workshops gathered input and advice from stakeholders to help inform the development of new policy.
Later this year a draft waste policy paper will be released for public comment as the next step in the Government’s reform of waste management.

Written submissions to the Waste Policy Review

Submissions closed on May 3 2012. As part of the engagement, stakeholders were invited to make a submission to the review, guided by the Waste Policy Review discussion paper.
Waste Policy Review Discussion Paper [PDF File – 1.0 MB]
Waste Policy Review Discussion Paper – accessible version  [RTF File – 343.8 KB]
Public submissions to the Waste Policy Review can be viewed here

Keeping in touch with the Waste Policy Review

Get in touch with the review team at wastepolicy@dse.vic.gov.au and join the conversation online at our Yammer group, for information and feedback from the engagement sessions.
The Yammer group is part of a private, online social network that allows invited stakeholders to share comments and ideas, view documents and links as well as gain up to date information about things happening in waste policy in Victoria – all in one online space.
It works in a similar way to Facebook, however it operates only within a private network of stakeholders, not to the entire world wide web.

About Victoria’s waste policy review

Several high level reviews have revealed that Victoria’s current waste policy framework is not meeting its expected aims, with many economic opportunities going unrealised. Such reviews include:

  • The Victorian Auditor General’s performance audit into Municipal Solid Waste Management (June 2011)
  • The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission’s report A Sustainable future for Victoria: Getting Environmental Regulation Right (2009) which led to the review of State Environment Protection Policies (SEPPs)
  • The Victorian Ombudsman’s Brookland Greens Estate – Investigation into Methane Gas Leaks (2009)

The Minister for Environment and Climate Change announced the review of Victoria’s Waste Policy on 5 March 2012 [PDF File – 184.2 KB].
The review will be focused primarily on:

  • The strategic, legislative, institutional and investment settings that influence the nature and performance of waste management and;
  • Solid municipal waste, commercial and industrial waste, and construction and demolition waste.

The consultation phase has now concluded, and it provided a strong foundation for determining how partners can best work together and integrate decision making. Stakeholder contributions and feedback are being used to draft a new waste policy, which will be presented to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

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