The National Waste & Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday of the appointment of the Hon. Sussan Ley MP to Minister for Environment, the Hon. Trevor Evans MP to Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environment Management and the Hon. Warren Entsch MP as Special Envoy to reduce plastic waste and the Great Barrier Reef.

In speaking about the appointments, Rose Read CEO of NWRIC said, “appointing an Assistant Minister with specific responsibilities for waste reduction illustrates the government’s recognition of the important role it has to play to help Australia reduce waste and increase resource recovery.”

“These appointments together with the Coalitions proposed investment in recycling, product stewardship, community education, and state and local government collaboration are essential to address the waste challenges facing Australia currently”.

“The NWRIC’s members are looking forward to working with the Minister Ley and Assistant Minister Evans to turn a sound National Waste Policy into an funded action plan with targets that delivers positive results for the community, the economy and the environment, now and into the future”.

“This combination of strong national leadership, strategic investments, smart regulatory reforms and collaboration with all stakeholders is the right recipe for moving Australia one step closer to a circular economy that delivers new jobs, an innovative industry, less emissions and regenerates our environment”.