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Title: Developing a National Waste Policy

Presentation from public consultation meetings
held 21 April 1 May 2009
  • November 2008 Australian environment ministers
    agreed to develop a national waste policy to
    provide a coherent, efficient and environmentally
    responsible approach to waste management in
  • The Australian Government is leading the process
  • A taskforce has been formed in the Department of
    the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts to
    consult widely and develop a draft national waste

The last statement of national waste policy
  • 1992 National Strategy for Ecologically
    Sustainable Development (ESD) agreed by Council
    of Australian Governments (COAG)
  • Included national approach to waste minimisation
    and management
  • To improve the efficiency with which resources
    are used and reduce the impact on the environment
    of waste disposal, and to improve the management
    of hazardous wastes, avoid their generation and
    address clean-up issues.

Since 1992
  • All Australian governments have introduced a
    range of legislative and policy instruments for
    waste management and resource recovery which work
    towards COAGs objectives
  • The evolution of policies, legislation and
    programs across jurisdictions over the last
    decade or more has resulted in a diversity of
    approaches across Australia

State and territory role(Please note, further
state/territory specific information can be found
at the end of this presentation)
  • All States and Territories have waste strategies
    and legislation to protect the environment and
    conserve natural resources
  • A wide variety of measures have been adopted

The 1992 COAG agreement still stands but ..
  • A lot has changed institutionally, socially,
    economically and in our environment
  • Sustainability needs increasing
  • Climate change
  • Water scarcity and quality
  • Energy conservation
  • Seamless National Economy (COAG 2008)
  • Time to consider where next with national waste

Waste generation is increasing
  • Waste generation up by 28 2002/03 to 2006/07 -
    from 32 to 41 million tonnes
  • Even with the significant increase in recycling -
    49 of the waste we generate is diverted into
    resource recovery activities
  • (2008 Hyder Report)

  • Is this level of generation acceptable - how do
    we decide?
  • How can (and should) we address this level of
    waste generation?

Recycling and disposal rates per waste sector in
2006-07 (kilo tonnes)
From Waste and Recycling in Australia, Hyder
Consulting, 2008 (p. 3)
Predicted growth in generated waste by sector to
From Waste and Recycling in Australia, Hyder
Consulting, 2008
Contribution of waste to economy
Waste Resource
Management sector 2002-03 (Source ABS 2002-03 ) recovery sector 2006 (Source Australian Council of Recyclers 2009)
GDP 1.3 billion (0.2 ) 11. 5 billion (1.2 )
Jobs 14,000 38,600
Local government role(Please note, further
state/territory specific information can be found
at the end of this presentation)
  • Important role as
  • direct service provider
  • purchaser of waste services
  • contributor to aggregated approaches to waste

Australian Government role
  • Commonwealth has responsibilities for
  • international agreements
  • specific legislation
  • participation in national activities through the
    Environment Protection Heritage Council (EPHC)

National action so far
  • Commonwealth activities under international
    agreements and specific legislation
  • Regulatory action by all jurisdictions through
    national environment protection measures (NEPMs)
    under the NEPC Act
  • Activities by all jurisdictions under the banner
    of the EPHC
  • Voluntary action by business and community

Solutions where and how to intervene?
  • How can Australia better capture the value in
  • What mix of incentives and regulation are needed
    for the waste management and resource recovery
  • How can this stimulate innovation, jobs and
    deliver good environmental outcomes?

What do we want to achieve?
  • A policy that will
  • clearly articulate the objectives of waste
    management and the respective roles of
  • set out the basis for collaboration between
  • provide the basis for effective and efficient
    approaches to domestic waste issues

What do we want to achieve?
  • A policy that will
  • ensure that waste management remains aligned with
    Australias international obligations, including
    the Basel Convention on the Control of
    Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes
  • complement the Commonwealths approach to climate
    change and sustainability

Potential benefits
  • Stimulate economic activity and innovation from
    our growing waste stream
  • Create jobs
  • Improved sustainable management of our resources
    and materials
  • Greater transparency and certainty for business
    and the community
  • Simplified waste management approaches across

Potential benefits
  • Reduced regulatory and cost burden on business
  • Greater awareness of waste related issues and
    potential solutions
  • Pursuit of collaborative action to reduce
    greenhouse gas emissions and save energy and
  • Capacity to monitor performance of key waste and
    resource recovery indicators at a national level

Policy development timeline
7 April Consultation Paper released
28 April 1 May Public meetings a stakeholder workshop
13 May Submissions close
22nd May EPHC Meeting discuss future directions
Nov EPHC Meeting agree a national waste policy
How can you contribute?
  • Share your ideas, insights, knowledge and
    information at this session.
  • Make a submission on the national waste policy by
    13 May 2009.
  • The consultation paper poses a range of questions
    to help frame the issues
  • Send submissions or refer queries to
  • More information is available at

State, territory and local government roles
State role in Victoria
  • This diagram summarise the roles and of the state
    government agencies involved in waste management
    in Victoria.

Local government role in Victoria
  • Local governments play an important role in waste
    management in Victoria in the following ways
  • As service providers (either directly or via
  • As landfill operators (most often in rural and
    regional Victoria)
  • As contributors to best practice approaches to
    waste management via Regional Waste Management
    Groups (rural and regional Victoria) or the
    Metropolitan Waste Management Group (in

State role in NSW
  • The role of the NSW government is to ensure a
    healthy and clean environment by reducing impacts
    on the community and the environment of waste and
    waste related activities and ensuring the
    efficient and effective use of resources (energy,
    water, materials).
  • NSW does this through a comprehensive regulatory
    framework and through innovative tools and
    programs that aim to mitigate impacts from waste
    disposal, minimise resource use, increase
    resource recovery and ensure the appropriate
    disposal of harmful waste.
  • Regulatory measures include
  • State-wide planning controls
  • Licensing of waste and resource recovery premises
    and facilities
  • Providing clear guidelines on waste
    classifications and exemptions to assist with
    resource recovery
  • Tracking of hazardous waste
  • Collection of a waste and environment levy on
    waste going to landfill in the regulated areas
  • Collection and reporting of waste related data
  • Prosecution of littering and illegal dumping

State role in NSW
  • NSW also runs a broad range of waste-related
    programs, which are aimed at achieving the
    targets in the states Waste Avoidance and
    Resource Recovery Strategy.
  • Examples of programs include
  • Improving resource recovery infrastructure
  • Gathering information to guide priority setting
    and investment
  • Trials of new approaches and recycled content
  • Working with industries on product stewardship
  • Grants for Councils on litter and illegal dumping
    and a suite of other programs for Councils
  • Providing chemical clean-out services for
  • Support for businesses to tackle waste
  • Government leading by example through its
    Sustainability Policy and Waste Reduction and
    Purchasing Policy
  • Sustainable Schools program
  • Aboriginal clean up grants

Local government role in NSW
  • Local Government is primary interface between
    community (households, businesses) regarding
    waste management services.
  • Local Government very influential regarding
    behaviour change, effective waste management /
    recycling practice.
  • Local Government has a great deal of purchasing
    power which can impact waste and sustainability
  • Local Government deals with a wide variety of
    types of wastes, not just domestic organic (food
    and garden), inert, packaging, e-waste,
    hazardous, home administered clinical, public
    place, commercial, industrial, illegally dumped

Local government role in NSW
  • Local Government operates to best of ability at
    end of pipe, with a limited ability to
    influence volumes and types of waste that come
    into the system.
  • Local Government is firmly committed to the
    principles of Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Its not just about recycling
  • Local Government waste management is increasingly
    being used to raise revenue through levies, which
    should be applied back to waste / environmental

Supportive of a national waste policy, one that
State role in WA
  • Waste Authority role
  • Department of Environment and Conservation role
  • The Waste Strategy
  • Better landfill
  • More recycling
  • Fostering alternative waste treatment

State role in WA
  • Tools available
  • Funding Strategic Waste Initiative Scheme
    Community Grants Scheme Regional Funding
  • Partnerships, education, information
  • Landfill levy
  • Regulation in some areas
  • Tools we lack
  • Regulatory tools for product stewardship
  • Look to the national level for this

Local government role in WA
  • All Australian governments have introduced a
    range of legislative and policy instruments for
    waste management and resource recovery which work
    towards COAGs objectives

State role in SA
  • ZeroWaste SA provides leadership to define policy
    settings for waste-resource recovery
  • State Waste Strategy 2005-2010
  • Mid term review against Strategy
  • Draft 2010-2015 strategy being prepared
  • Five key strategies
  • Foster sustainable behaviour
  • Avoiding waste to landfill
  • Establish effective recovery systems
  • Enact policies
  • Encourage cooperation
  • Regulatory (operational and policy) focus by EPA
  • Draft Environment Protection Policy
  • Specific reform work for resource recovery sector
  • Waste to urban fill refuse derived fuel waste
    to soil enhancer stockpile management
  • Regulatory function state and national
    requirements (ie NEPMs)

State role in QLD
  • The Queensland Department of Environment and
    Resource Management is the lead Government
    department for waste management in Queensland.
  • Current waste management framework
  • Environmental Protection Act 1994
  • Environmental Protection Regulation 2008
  • Environmental Protection (Waste Management)
    Policy 2000
  • Environmental Protection (Waste Management)
    Regulation 2000

State role in QLD
  • Where is Queensland up to?
  • Public discussion paper released in October 2007
  • Consultation summary released in April 2008
  • Annual publication of State of Waste and
    Recycling Report
  • National Packaging Covenant program funding and
    enforcement of NEPM provisions, including Public
    Place Recycling
  • Internal and external stakeholder working groups
    established to begin work on definitions
  • Department of Public Works Whole-of-Government
    Recycling Policy for Buildings and Civil
  • Considerations include
  • New waste strategy
  • Strengthening the regulatory framework, including
    increased regulation and enforcement
  • Mechanisms to address data gaps
  • Improved management of priority wastes
  • No waste levy is proposed for Queensland at this

Territory role in ACT
  • TAMS manages waste operations in the ACT
  • DECCEW manages the policy aspects of waste
  • Recycling has increased from 42 in 1996 to 74
    in 2008, primarily from households, and the
    construction sector.
  • Waste to landfill has decreased from 252,000
    tonnes in 1996 to 207,000 tonnes in 2007/2008.
  • No Waste by 2010 is due for renewal.
  • Opportunities exist in
  • commercial and industrial sectors
  • Organic material
  • E-waste
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