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7 May 2010
Environment Protection Minister, Peter Garrett, today welcomed the release of Australia's first comprehensive national assessment of trends in waste and resource recovery.
The National Waste Report 2010 is a key component of the National Waste Policy, agreed by all environment ministers last November, and will help guide future action by the states, territories and the Commonwealth.
"The policy and this report represent a fundamental shift in our approach to waste and complement broader government policies on climate change and sustainability," Mr Garrett said.
"We want to reduce the generation of waste and encourage a culture of recovery where waste becomes a valuable resource.
"The Government is already tacking action to tackle e-waste with a new industry-run national collection and recycling scheme for computer and television waste set to commence next year. Work is also underway to deal with used tyres and spent fluorescent light tubes and this report will help guide future actions."
The National Waste Report details trends in waste and resource recovery and is the first step in providing baseline data to inform policy.
Key findings from the National Waste Report 2010 are:
The National Waste Report will be updated every three years.