We support local government’s waste management and resource recovery policy needs through active policy development, advocacy, education and project delivery.
Working collaboratively with Victoria’s Waste and Resource Recovery Groups, and the Victorian Litter Action Alliance, we help achieve effective waste management and resource recovery outcomes for the local government sector.
Since its inception in 1999, we’ve been a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant. We participate in the Australian Packaging Covenant Council to ensure that the needs of local government in relation to packaging are taken into consideration and the sector’s challenges are understood.
E-waste landfill ban
In September 2015 the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) released a discussion paper (PDF - 552KB) designed to attract feedback on possible approaches to banning e-waste from landfill in Victoria. The ban is an election commitment of the Government.
Our submission (Word - 301KB) in response to the discussion paper notes that councils’ role in managing general household waste makes local government a critical stakeholder in the development of e-waste recycling in Victoria. In considering possible roles for councils it is important to remember that councils are very diverse in terms of their resources, infrastructure, capacity and capability. In line with the approach adopted in Europe, we support the principle of extended producer responsibility / product stewardship underpinning e-waste recycling in Victoria.
As a key partner in environmental management and one of the primary collectors of landfill levies, councils take great interest in the State’s management of the Sustainability Fund. Indeed the State’s handling of landfill levy funds has been the subject of at least twelve MAV State Council resolutions since May 2010.
The MAV and councils have repeatedly called on successive State governments to reinvest greater quantities of landfill levy funds in waste management and resource recovery initiatives and to openly and transparently report landfill levy income and expenditure. We’ve most recently reiterated these asks in our December 2015 response (Word - ) to the State’s draft Sustainability Fund Priority Statement.