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Victoria’s waste and recycling system has experienced significant market shocks in recent years, highlighting the vulnerability of this essential service relied on by all Victorians.

To address these issues and to move towards a more circular economy, the Victorian Government released Recycling Victoria: A new economy in February 2020. The policy and action plan set out a sweeping set of reforms which will establish a resilient recycling system and transform how our economy uses materials, driving greater waste minimisation and resource recovery, while protecting the environment and abating greenhouse gas emissions. The policy can be found here:

As part of the policy, the Victorian Government committed to developing a new waste and recycling Act and establishing a waste authority by 2021. This will provide the Victorian Government with a system-wide view that will allow it to more effectively oversee the waste and recycling sector, including identifying and responding to future market shocks. This will also ensure that waste and recycling services are reliable and meet community expectations, and contribute to Victoria’s waste and recycling goals.

The Options Paper below proposed a model for the waste Act and authority and sought feedback at sessions during September and October 2020 which were open and attended by interested stakeholders.

Feedback received on the Options Paper informed the development of new recycling laws and governance. Further information on the new legislation and governance arrangements can be found here:

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