Update

Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent statewide Circular Economy Policy Workshop Series 2019. We held over 13 workshops across Victoria in September 2019 and heard from more than 500 Victorians about their thoughts and ideas on policy options.

The workshop series built on the issues paper online consultation we conducted in July 2019. We received more than 300 survey submissions on the issues paper and this demonstrates how strongly Victorians feel about working towards a more sustainable future and improving how we use resources and manage waste.

What now?

Your feedback is being carefully considered as we develop the circular economy policy and action plan. Later in the year we will release the final policy and consultation report.

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Background

The Victorian Government is developing a circular economy policy and action plan for Victoria. In a circular economy people minimise waste and make the most of resources. Shifting to a more circular economy will grow the economy, increase jobs and reduce impacts on the environment.

The circular economy policy will build on Victoria’s leading waste and resource recovery initiatives, including our response to global recycling market challenges. More than that, it will find new ways for Victorian businesses and communities to use materials more efficiently and avoid waste in all stages of making, using and disposing of the products and infrastructure we rely on every day.

What is a circular economy?

There is no single, agreed definition of circular economy. For the purposes of this policy development, the Victorian Government has proposed the following definition:

A circular economy continually seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of production and consumption and gain more productive use from natural resources.

Resource use is minimised, and waste and pollution are avoided with good design and efficient practices. This reduces environmental impacts while maintaining or increasing the value people obtain from goods and services.

Products are designed so that they are durable and can be readily repaired, reused and recycled at the end of their lives.

Business models encourage intense and efficient product use, like sharing products between multiple users, or supplying a product as a service that includes maintenance, repair and disposal.

Innovations to increase resource productivity bring a range of benefits including jobs, growth and social inclusion to local, regional and global economies.

This is a diagram of how the circular economy works. It begins with Extract, Produce, Use, then loops into reuse, recover and manufacture then recycle