On 15 April 2013, the Victorian Minister for Environment and
Climate Change, the Hon. Ryan Smith, released the new Victorian
waste policy titled 'Getting full value: the Victorian
Waste and Resource Recovery Policy'. The policy sets out a
vision for Victoria's waste management and resource recovery
over the next 30 years and strategic priorities for the next 10
The Policy was developed in response to the Victorian Auditor
General's Office audit report in December 2011 which found that
"ineffective planning, leadership and oversight have resulted
in inadequate co-ordination of implementation and limited
progress" in reducing municipal waste. Victoria's existing
waste policy, Towards Zero Waste policy, is due to sunset
The policy provides that the vision for waste management in
Victoria is to protect the environment and public health, maximise
the productive value of resources, and minimise long term costs to
households, industry and government.
The policy identifies the following four key objectives for the
waste management and resource recovery system:
support Victoria's economic prosperity;
function as one integrated state-wide waste system;
protect public health and preserve local amenity; and
contribute to environmental protection.
Significantly, the policy:
provides that the waste levy will continue for another 10 years
after July 2014 at the same rate "allowing only for annual
adjustments at the treasurer's rate to maintain the value of
the levy in real terms" (with the possible exception of
is clear in its support for "market-based actions"
and "waste to energy and other alternative reuse technologies
that can convert waste into useful products";
abandons the existing target-based approach, however, reliable
and valid indicators may be developed once the systems are in
indicates that the waste hierarchy should not be considered in
isolation and should be applied in conjunction with the other
principles of environmental protection in order to provide an
adequate basis for decision making.
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