To make it easier for people to use recycled products, the Victorian Government is helping to find new uses for recycled materials. Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is exploring opportunities to reduce unnecessary regulatory barriers where it can be done safely and with best-practice methods. This work is part of the Recycling Markets Acceleration Package (RMAP).

The first step in the process is to develop new legislative tools called determinations. Determinations operate in the same way as standards. This means they set specific conditions. They allow the use of some industrial wastes without self-assessment or EPA approval.

We want your feedback on determinations for:

  • processed solid organic wastes
  • manures (including animal wastewater and effluent)
  • fill material
  • aggregates.

Zero tolerance for unsafe waste management

The Victorian Government has zero tolerance for unsafe waste management practices and will use its newly strengthened environment protection legislation to enforce compliance.

Victoria’s plan to transform waste and recycling

RMAP is an initiative of Recycling Victoria – A new economy (RV), the Victorian Government’s once in a generation plan to transform Victoria’s waste and recycling system and build the state’s circular economy. Through RV and investment of $380 million, ways to maximise the safe and cost-effective recovery and recycling of waste are being pursued and encouraged.

RV outlines four ambitious targets. They include increasing diversion from landfill and halving the volume of organic material going to landfill between 2020 and 2030.

RMAP is a $30.46 million project being delivered by:

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
  • Sustainability Victoria (SV)
  • Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

The program aims to recover large amounts of material over the next 10 years. The plan is driven by ambitious recovery targets and new export bans. Reducing unnecessary regulatory barriers is a two-phase program over four years:

  • Phase 1 – develop determinations for processed solid organic wastes, manures (including animal wastewater and effluent), fill material and aggregates.
  • Phase 2 – research new ways to best prevent harm to human health and the environment during waste recovery. We will also explore opportunities to reduce regulatory barriers for other types of waste.

How to make a submission

1. Review the discussion paper below

2. Provide feedback in either of two ways:

  • Feedback option 1 – download the form in Word format from the document library, then upload your feedback.
  • Feedback option 2 – complete and submit the form below.

3. Upload your submission below by 5pm on 5 March 2021.

What to include in your submission

Include your feedback on:

  • determinations for processed solid organic wastes, manures (including animal wastewater and effluent), fill material and aggregates.
  • other waste types you think should be considered for reducing regulatory barriers.

Do not include confidential, commercial-in-confidence or private information.

What happens to submissions

EPA will consider your submission to shape and finalise the determinations. Your feedback will also inform the waste streams EPA considers in this program.

EPA will publish all submissions on the Engage Victoria website unless you mark it as not for publication. EPA reserves the right to not publish information that is defamatory, discriminatory or unrelated to this consultation.

Submissions have now closed.

This consultation is not seeking submissions on broader matters on the new environment protection legislation. The period for comment on this has now closed. EPA’s website has information about the new laws.

Information session: 18 February 2021

Register for an online information session on waste determinations. It will run from 10 to 11.30am on Thursday 18 February.

Give us your feedback on chapters in the discussion paper

In the discussion paper there are four proposed waste determinations seeking input: processed organic solid waste; manures, animal wastewater and effluent; fill material; and aggregates.

The questions in both feedback options are grouped the same way, so you can focus on the ones relevant to your industry.

Collection notice: This information is being collected for the purpose of EPA receiving and responding to public comment on the consultation document relating to waste and resource recovery determinations. In providing a submission, you agree to EPA collecting this information and handling it in accordance with our privacy policy.

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