Net Balance for the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2012
A strong and sustainable recycling sector is essential for Australia to use resources more efficiently and maximise the full value of materials. The recycling sector plays an important role in achieving the objectives of the National Waste Policy: Less waste, more resources.
The studies below were commissioned to support work under strategies 5 and 16 of the National Waste Policy: Less waste, more resources. Under these strategies, the Australian Government, in collaboration with states and territories, is working to remove impediments to the development and operation of effective markets for potential wastes; and provide access to integrated core data on waste and resource recovery that is accurate, meaningful and up-to-date.
Australian Recycling Sector
The Australian Recycling Sector provides an overview of the key characteristics of the Australian recycling sector and the environment in which it operates, the social, economic and environmental benefits, and identifies barriers and future opportunities for the recycling sector.
- Key findings - Australian Recycling Sector - Key findings (PDF - 80KB) | (Word - 85KB)
- Australian Recycling Sector (PDF - 3707KB) | (Word - 2160KB)
Data collection and reporting through licensing arrangements
Data collection and reporting through licensing arrangements provides a description of the status in each of the Australian jurisdictions relating to:
- the types of recycling facilities that require a license
- the data license holders are required to collect
- the data license holders are required to report
- the data license holders could be required to report
- mechanisms similar to licensing that regulators can use to obtain data from recycling facilities (excluding collection of data under regulations that implement the National Environment Protection Measure for the Movement of Controlled Waste between States and Territories).