Publications archive - Waste and recycling
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National Environment Protection Council, 2 July 1999
The National Packaging Covenant is an agreement entered into by governments and industry participants in the packaging chain based on the principles of product stewardship and shared responsibility. Product stewardship imposes an obligation on all those who benefit from production to assume a share of responsibility for a product over its lifecycle. The Covenant covers consumer packaging and household paper.
Section 14 of the National Environment Protection Council Act 1994 and the equivalent provision of the corresponding Act of each participating State and Territory provides for the making of measures by the National Environment Protection Council and the matters to which they relate. This Measure relates to re-use and recycling of used materials (paragraph 14 (1) (f)).
The Measure is to be implemented by the laws and other arrangements participating jurisdictions consider necessary: see section 7 of the Commonwealth Act and the equivalent provision of the corresponding Act of each participating State and Territory.