New recycling laws and governance

For more and better recycling, less waste and landfill

The Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Act 2021(opens in a new window) provides for stronger regulation of the state’s waste and recycling sector for more and better recycling, less waste and landfill.

The Act provides the foundation for Victoria’s transition to a sustainable and thriving circular economy, including enabling laws for the new container deposit scheme and new state-wide four-stream household waste and recycling system.

Both systems will significantly increase recycling of discarded, but valuable, materials that would otherwise end up in landfill.

The Act will see the establishment on 1 July 2022 of Recycling Victoria, a dedicated government business unit to oversee and provide strategic leadership for the waste and recycling sector.

Recycling Victoria will deliver state-wide stewardship, planning, regulatory and market oversight functions, and have a strong regional focus.

The Act and Recycling Victoria are key commitments of the Victorian Government’s circular economy plan, Recycling Victoria: a new economy, to reduce waste and landfill, and provide for more and better recycling and a sustainable and thriving circular economy.

The Victorian Government’s circular economy plan is being delivered in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, the Environment Protection Authority, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority and waste and resource recovery groups.

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