Recently the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) and the Australian Steel Institute called for a national ban on the export of unprocessed scrap metal. The call for change is premised on the onshoring of Australian company processing of ferrous scrap metal is an important economic and environmental opportunity for Australia – creating both direct and indirect economic and employment opportunities as well as a range of superior environmental benefits.

NWRIC and the ASI engaged Australian Economic Advocacy Solutions (AEAS) to analyse the economic and environmental benefits from a national ban on the export of unprocessed ferrous scrap metal.

This economic impact assessment details the economic and environmental case of better regulation of unprocessed ferrous scrap metal, namely a potential restriction around its export through a Australian Government’s waste export ban.