All Australian governments are currently consulting industry, business and other stakeholders on implementation of the Council of Australian Government (COAG) agreement to ban exports of waste materials. Governments are seeking your views on next steps through a discussion paper.
COAG has agreed Australia should ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres while building Australia’s capacity to generate high value recycled commodities and the associated demand. On 8 November, Australia’s environment ministers agreed the ban should apply to waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres that have not been processed into value-added materials and commence on 1 July 2020 using a phased approach:
- all waste glass by July 2020
- mixed waste plastics by July 2021
- all whole tyres including baled tyres by December 2021
- remaining waste products, including mixed paper and cardboard, by no later than 30 June 2022.
Ministers also agreed that resourcing from Commonwealth, states and territories, and industry, will be required to effectively implement the ban.
The discussion paper is available here. Feedback is due by 3 December 2019.