Category Archives: Toxic Waste

Update to Petition against Toxic Waste

Hansard RATWISE Petition

Just a quick note to say that our petition against Toxic Waste was successfully tabled in the Victorian Parliament on the 15th October 2014 by Member of Parliament Mrs. Donna Bauer of Carrum. In total, 1254 signatures were accepted by Parliament, which is a pretty good effort considering that the committee members of the RATWISE group worked laboriously to collect and submit the signatures on time! We would like to thank everybody for your continued support, and hope that we achieve a satisfactory outcome.

To see the Hansard Report, click on the following link, or search for it on the Victorian Parliament website.

Petition Against Toxic Waste

Stop Toxic Waste

The Lyndhurst Landfill takes all of Victoria’s Toxic Waste. It is close to thousands of homes and workers in Dandenong South. Yet, Victoria DOES NOT HAVE a Hazardous Waste Management Policy.

This PETITION asks the State Government to develop a Hazardous Waste Management Policy.

If you would like to collect petitions yourself, please download a printable copy of the petition here, and get your family and/or friends to sign. Alternatively, a letter of support for the petition addressed to the Legislative Assembly of Victoria will be greatly appreciated. Please note that signed petitions and/or letters of support may be returned via Australia Post to:

PO Box 180,
Dingley, Vic., 3172

Also note that the online petition may still be viewed and signed at Stop Toxic Waste being dumped at the Lyndhurst Landfill via the Community Run web site. Unfortunately, the Victorian State Government does not accept online petitions, which is why we are urging people to download, sign and distribute physical copies of the petition.

Further note that, when signing, care should be taken to fill in all your details correctly, since an omission in details like entering your location as opposed to a physical address may render your signature invalid.

Petition Against Toxic Waste Update

As many of you are aware, we are presently petitioning the Legislative Assembly of Victoria to produce a Hazardous (Prescribed Industrial) Waste Management policy, and to cease relying on the Lyndhurst landfill. Unfortunately, the State Government does not accept online petitions like the Federal government does. Consequently, we have created a printable petition form which may be downloaded and distributed to members of the community. Please, feel free to print as many copies as necessary to help support the cause. When enough signatures are collected, the forms may be returned through the post to:

PO Box 180,
Dingley, Vic., 3172

Please note that the online petition may still be viewed and signed at Stop Toxic Waste being dumped at the Lyndhurst Landfill via the Community Run web site. How much bearing it will have will depend whether or not a local Member of Parliament is willing to support the cause by raising it in the State Parliament….

First National Hazardous Waste Infrastructure Study

Skull and Cross Bones
According to, the Commonwealth Government has commissioned a major assessment of Australia’s current and future hazardous waste infrastructure needs and capacity.

The study is to be undertaken by Blue Environment in association with Randell Environmental Consulting and ENVIRON Australia. It will involve developing scenarios for future quantities of hazardous waste and a simultaneous research and consultation program, encompassing industry and state governments.

The final phase will put these two elements together to work out areas where current infrastructure may be inadequate for the future, with the project running until early 2015.

Lead author of the study and director of Blue Environment, Dr Joe Pickin, said the report including the data collected will be published on the Commonwealth Department of the Environment website, as well as being shared with Geoscience Australia for updating their database of Australia’s waste-related infrastructure.

Pickin said the study will focus on all liquid and solid hazardous wastes, including manufacturing wastes, contaminated soils and asbestos.

An important aspect of the project is an assessment of capacity to deal with the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that have been added to the Stockholm Convention since 2009.

Pickin also highlighted contaminated biosolids, of which large stockpiles exist, as another important element of the study. He noted that hazardous landfill capacity will be a key issue, particularly in Victoria and Tasmania.