Less waste, more resources
National product stewardship legislation
Product Notice - Packaging
The Product Stewardship Act 2011 requires at least 12 months' notification be given that a class of products is being considered for some form of accreditation or regulation under the Act before regulations may be made in relation to that class of products. The Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water has approved the issuing of such a notice in relation to packaging.
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(and subsets of packaging, such as consumer packaging or beverage packaging)
Packaging is in a national market, there is potential to significantly increase the recovery of resources from used packaging, and there is potential to significantly reduce the impact used packaging has on the environment, including through reduction of litter.
Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments agreed that a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) be prepared to consider options to improve packaging recycling and reduce litter. Regulatory options considered in the Consultation RIS include regulation under the Act.
The Consultation RIS referred to in the above notice was released on 7 December 2011 and can be found at the link below. The issuing of this notice is intended to cater for the possibility that regulations may be required following completion of the RIS process. It does not pre-empt the outcomes of the RIS process.
National Waste Policy Implementation Report 2011
The National Waste Policy Implementation Report 2011 outlines progress against the 2010 and 2011 milestones set out in the National Waste Policy Implementation Plan (as at 14 October 2010). The results showcase the clear benefits of a collaborative approach across government and industry.
Approved Co-regulatory Arrangements
E-Cycle Solutions Pty Ltd, DHL Supply Chain (Australia) Pty Ltd and Australian & New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited (ANZRP) are able to deliver services under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.