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Environment ministers endorse plan to make all packaging recyclable by 2025

all packaging to be "recyclable, compostable or reusable" within eight years

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
1 28 Apr 2018

Australia's environment ministers have backed a plan for all packaging to be "recyclable, compostable or reusable" within eight years as part of an effort to fix the nation's waste crisis.

The target was among a series of measures endorsed in a Friday meeting focused on boosting recycling in Australia after China recently decided to restrict imports of foreign waste.

The plan to transform packaging by 2025 or earlier is a "monumental call to action," said Brooke Donnelly, chief executive of industry body the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, which will lead the effort.

We will support more innovative packaging design, enhance consumer education, as well as bolster the re-use and the incorporation of recycled content within end markets," she said.

On Friday, the ministers also agreed to reduce the amount of waste produced in Australia, push for increased use of recycled materials in government projects, perform a stocktake of existing recycling infrastructure to examine the scope for upgrades and new facilities and "explore opportunities" for waste-to-energy incineration projects.

According to a joint statement, the group "agreed to work together on expanding and developing our recycling industry to not only take the waste that would have gone to China, but also to grow our domestic capabilities".

But the outcomes were quickly dismissed by industry and environment groups and the Greens, who said federal and state governments needed to lock-in concrete proposals and ramp up efforts to solve the immediate crisis.

Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson said the meeting appeared to have been a "waste of time" that distracted from the priority of "dealing with the mountains of already recyclable plastics that are building up" following China's ban on imports of highly contaminated waste.

Senator Whish-Wilson said industry had already committed to the plan to make all packaging recyclable by 2025 and the federal agreement wasn't an adequate response.

"At best, it might deal with the currently un-recyclable coffee cups and foil chip packets, but at worst gives an impression that the Government is actually acting when the opposite is the case," he said.

The Greens have proposed a strategy that would include $500 million in funding for the recycling sector, a phase out of single-use plastics and forcing companies to produce recyclable products through a product stewardship scheme.

Pete Shmigel, chief executive of the Australian Council of Recycling, welcomed the ministers' efforts but said they lacked comprehensive targets and real consequences.

“Pro-recycling policy principles are welcome; pro-recycling positive action and investment is now to be expected, Mr Shmigel said.

Historically, a significant proportion of Australia's recyclable material has been exported to China for processing. The new ban has caused a glut in Australia's waste system and means 1.3 million tonnes a year of material needs to be processed another way.