Independent review of Resource Recovery Framework

An independent review of the EPA’s Resource Recovery Framework will ensure the best possible protections are in place for the health of communities and the environment.

The aim of the Resource Recovery Framework is to divert materials derived from waste away from landfill and back into the environment.

The review is being led by the former head of the Victorian EPA, and current Professor of Practice at Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University Dr Cathy Wilkinson, whose expertise will help ensure the review is robust and impartial.

It will examine how the existing Framework works in a practical sense, and whether it is effective and fit for purpose.

The review will capture the definition of waste and waste classifications, it will ensure regulatory tools such as orders and exemptions maintain the strongest protections for community and environment health, support circular economy investment and innovation.

Initial consultation with stakeholders, including local government, waste groups, industry, and business, is already underway.

The review, which is expected to be completed in 2022, will inform the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 as part of the broader RRF initiative.

The EPA is committed to a comprehensive and transparent review that is balanced to capture a broad representation of perspectives, is impartial and reflects the significance of the Framework for the circular economy.