Australia to Set National Targets to Reduce Waste

Compared to most of the developed economies of the world, Australia has been generating more waste than average and has been recycling far less. Waste management has been one of the biggest economic and environmental concerns in Australia for many reasons.

For many years, a significant portion of Australian trash was exported to China. Between 2014-2015, waste management activity in Australia was worth $12.6 billion, whereas waste recycle and reuse added $6.9 billion value to the Australian economy, making 0.43% of the GDP.

In 2016-2017, the waste recovery rate was 62% internally, and the recycling rate was 58%. Because of over-dependence on another country for waste management, there were some deficiencies in Australian waste policies. China has been the largest importers of waste materials from Australia, but the recent recycling ban from China in July 2017 has affected Australia’s waste management system. This crisis led the government to introduce some domestic policies to facilitate better waste management in the country.

Since 2017, the Australian federal government has been upgrading the waste management policy as a consequence of China’s bans on waste imports. Finally, in 2018, the Australian government decided to go for a more advanced waste management system and policy with a vision of fully recyclable packaging by 2025.

New National Targets for Waste Management

In April 2018, Environment ministers proposed an upgraded waste policy or "monumental call to action" with more sustainable, eco-friendly stratagem for 2025. Advocated by the Australian Local Government Association and the president of territory environment ministers, the new targets aim to omit plastic or bio-hazardous products and introduce sustainable packaging unreservedly.

These targets share the common priority of re-establishing circular resource management. The national packaging waste targets are-

  • Attaining Australia’s packaging to be 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable. 70% of plastic packaging has to be fully recyclable or compostable along with 30% average recycled content to be included across all packaging by 2025.
  • “Problematic and unnecessary plastics" - which contains single-use plastic packaging would be phased out through design, innovation or introduction of alternatives by 2030.
  • Halving the amount of organic waste to be sent to the landfill where up to 30% of waste materials has to be recovered or recycled for government and business purposes. 
  • Making 70% of domestic market plastic package recycling to go from 100,000 to million tonnes by 2025.

The Australian government agreed to work together with the industrial and environmental groups to stop mass production of waste. To execute this new policy on a local level, signing up for the right waste management system is important. With more than 30 years of experience, Metropolitan Transfer Station are the right choice to address waste disposal and recycling in your area. 


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