Inquiry into Recycling and Waste Management

Government Response

The Government response to this report was tabled out of session on 28 May 2020.

pdfGovernment Response1.03 MB

Terms of Reference

On 6 March 2019, the Legislative Council agreed to the following motion:

That this house requires the Environment and Planning Committee to inquire into, consider and provide an urgent interim report, as the committee deems necessary, on the current circumstances in municipal and industrial recycling and waste management, and provide a final report, by Tuesday, 13 August 2019, on the crisis in Victoria’s recycling and waste management system, partly resulting from the China waste importation ban, including, but not limited to:

  1. the responsibility of the Victorian government to establish and maintain a coherent, efficient and environmentally responsible approach to solid waste management across the state, including assistance to local councils;
  2. whether the China National Sword policy was anticipated and responded to properly;
  3. identifying short and long-term solutions to the recycling and waste management system crisis, taking into account:
    1. the need to avoid dangerous stockpiling and ensure recyclable waste is actually being recycle
    2. the cleaning and sorting capabilities and the processing capabilities in Victoria and the potential to expand the local recycling industry
    3. how to better enable the use of recycled materials in local manufacturing;
    4. the existing business model and economic challenges facing the existing industry;
    5. the quantifiable benefits, including job creation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction, of pursuing elements of a circular economy in Victoria;
    6. the existing Sustainability Fund and how it can be used to fund solutions to the waste crisis;
  4. strategies to reduce waste generation and better manage all waste such as soft plastics, compostable paper and pulp, and commercial waste, including, but not limited to:
    1. product stewardship;
    2. container deposit schemes;
    3. banning single-use plastics;
    4. government procurement policies
  5. relevant reviews, inquiries and reports into the waste and recycling industry in other Australian jurisdictions and internationally;
  6. any other related matters.

* The reporting date for this inquiry has been extended from 13 August 2019 to 29 November 2019.  An interim report is due on 29 August 2019. 

pdfTerms of Reference - Inquiry into Recycling and Waste Management476.38 KB




pdf27 NOV 2019 Recommendations presented to address recycling and waste management problems165.67 KB
pdf30 OCT 2019 Key agencies at final hearing on recycling and waste management169.97 KB
pdf18 OCT 2019 Seven city councils at next hearing on recycling and waste management166.78 KB
pdf4 OCT 2019 Environmental groups at next hearing on recycling and waste management430.61 KB
pdf26 SEP 2019 Recycling and packaging companies at inquiry hearing477.11 KB
pdf17 SEP 2019 Hearing in western Victoria for recycling and waste management inquiry474.22 KB
pdf30 AUG 2019 Echuca hearing for recycling and waste management inquiry476.12 KB
pdf27 AUG 2019 Interim report tabled on recycling and waste management464.22 KB
pdf16 AUG 2019 Morwell hearing for recycling and waste management inquiry475.38 KB
pdf2 AUG 2019 Community hearing day on impact of major factory fires471.70 KB
pdf10 JUL 2019 Recycling inquiry invites community members to speak on factory fires473.50 KB
pdf20 JUN 2019 Recycling inquiry to hear from industry participants at two days of hearings461.88 KB
pdf3 JUN 2019 Recycling inquiry to hear from industry council470.20 KB
pdf13 MAY 2019 Submission deadline extended for recycling and waste management inquiry466.30 KB
pdf07 MAY 2019 Recycling companies at parliamentary hearing461.15 KB
pdf01 MAY 2019 More than 200 submissions for recycling inquiry as series of public hearings begins474.43 KB
pdf29 APR 2019 First hearing for recycling and waste management inquiry463.26 KB