12 November 2019 Last Friday’s Meeting of Environment Ministers’ export ban announcement is in need of urgent adjustment to ensure the timelines are realistic. Its intent is noteworthy however its achievability is seriously constrained unless markets and infrastructure are established in parallel. The National Waste Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) is concerned the COAG proposed waste export bans will

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Product stewardship is an effective way to deliver cost effective solutions that minimise the impact of products, goods and materials on the environment and human health, writes Rose Read, CEO of the NWRIC. Product stewardship is also an important tool that can drive resource recovery and the circular economy in Australia. What exactly is product

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A national approach to levy pricing, adoption of the levy portability principle by all jurisdictions, and more transparent management of levy funds are urgently, required writes Rose Read, CEO of the National Waste Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC). Waste or landfill levies are a key regulatory tool used to improve recycling and fund environmental liabilities from

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The Prime Minister’s August announcement to ban the export several waste types is a welcomed development. It has the potential to reboot local reprocessing and markets for recovered materials, writes Rose Read, CEO of the NWRIC. First, just the facts. As part of the Council of Australian Governments communique on 9 August 2019 – the

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Construction recyclers do most of the heavy lifting in Australian recycling, but several stones remain in the gears to drive its future, writes Rose Read, CEO of the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC). The trend isn’t hard to spot, behind the successful recycling strategy of any city are construction and demolition (C&D) recycling

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Ministers met with the waste and recycling industry on 6 August in Melbourne to discuss solving recycling challenges, developing markets for recycled materials, new infrastructure capacity, and how waste levies should be managed and reinvested into the sector. Engaging with industry at the event were Lily D’Ambrosio, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

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With all the recent discussion about plastic exports, it’s easy to forget that organics remains our single largest recycling opportunity, writes Rose Read CEO of the National Waste Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC). The numbers speak for themselves, according to the National Waste Report, Australia generated 30 million tonnes of organic material in 2016-17. Of this

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Earlier this week, Victorians were faced with the news that their recycling could be headed straight for landfill after recycling plant SKM decided to shut its doors to over 30 councils. Rose Read, NWRIC CEO speaks to 2SER about solutions to the problem. It’s another blow to the industry a year after China decided to

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On 25 June, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management the Hon. Trevor Evans MP visited Alex Fraser’s newly opened sustainable asphalt and glass recycling plant. Evans toured the facility with Alex Fraser Managing Director Peter Murphy and NWRIC CEO Rose Read. Industry is pleased to have the Assistant Minister engage quickly with emerging recycling

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