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Publications archive - Waste and recycling


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Cover of Application trigger for the National Environment Protection (Used packaging materials) Measure

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Application trigger for the National Environment Protection (Used packaging materials) Measure

Final report - report no.1,
15 June 2006

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About this report

In June 2005, the Environment Protection and Heritage Council endorsed the National Packaging Covenant and agreed to vary the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure.

Ministers, concerned that small business may be adversely impacted by the co-regulatory arrangements, stipulated that enforceable obligations should not be placed on brand owners that do not significantly contribute to the waste stream.

Subsequently, in October 2005 Ministers requested further research be undertaken to:

Hyder Consulting undertook the study and the final report is now available. The report was used to inform the June 2006 EPHC decision on the trigger, which stated that:

  1. Brand owners with an annual turnover of $5 million or greater in Australia will be subject to the NEPM obligations.
  2. Brand owners with annual revenue of under $5 million in Australia will be exempt from the NEPM obligations.

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