Victoria Inquiry into recycling and waste management final report
The Committee has provided an overview of the Victorian recycling and waste management system, including some description of the cause and effect of what has become known as the recycling crisis. There is significant discussion about municipal waste, some of the issues of contamination and their impact on recycling, the impact and future of landfills in Victoria, and a range of other issues that have been raised in submissions and in public hearings. These issues include the introduction of a container deposit scheme, the development of waste to energy as a way of diverting waste from landfill, the importance of education of the community in how to properly manage their recycling and waste, the development of a circular economy and product stewardship among other things. The committee also considers the overarching structures of government, and whether changes are needed to better oversee the recycling and waste management system in Victoria.