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.

The government is gathering information to better understand how Victoria can benefit from more circular production and consumption.

We want to hear from businesses and organisations, communities, councils and households. Tell us about any barriers that are stopping you from improving your material use, how these barriers could be overcome and what opportunities you could realise if they were removed.

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

Thank you for your contributions during the first phase of the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy consultation. Submissions for the issues paper survey are now closed.

You can still have your say and help us shift to a circular economy that benefits our communities, economy and environment. If you have a circular economy initiative in your community, business or organisation to share, we'd like to hear about it. Share your story at engage.vic.gov.au/circulareconomy/yourcircularstory or by clicking on the icon below.

Your feedback is being carefully considered as we develop the circular economy policy and action plan and we will share what we have heard later in the year.

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