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 was 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 asked for 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.

Public consultation

The proposed waste and resource recovery determinations were released for public consultation for 30 days, from 4 February to 5 March 2021, and prompted 45 submissions. EPA has considered your submissions and used them to shape and finalise the determinations.

Submissions will be published in the coming months, along with a response to public consultation report.

Final determinations

EPA has now finalised the determinations. EPA's website also has information about Victoria's new environment protection laws.