Cleaning up our Act: The future for waste and resource recovery in NSW - Issues paper

The issues paper– Cleaning up our Act: The future for waste and resource recovery in NSW – outlines the challenges the waste system faces and proposes a vision for the future NSW circular economy.

The NWRIC welcomes NSW's commitment to consider waste in a more wholistic manner through a circular economy lens and provides its feedback on how to address these in the attached response.

Date: 27 May, 2020

Infrastructure Victoria: Recycling and Resource Recovery Infrastructure: Evidence base October 2019

The paper– Recycling and resource recovery infrastructure: Evidence base October 2019 – outlines the options that are available to create a strong, sustainable recycling and resource recovery industry in Victoria.

The NWRIC welcomes the paper and offers suggestions for refinement.

Date: 17 December, 2019

Response to the COAG discussion paper on banning the export of paper, plastics, glass and tyres

In August 2020 the Prime Minister announced that Australia would be banning the export of unprocessed paper, plastic, glass and tyres. 

In this response, the NWRIC discusses how to make the export bans work, including proposals to develop bans for new materials including machine lubricating oils, whole baled cars plus white goods, and e-waste.

Date: 3 December, 2019

Response to the Mixed Waste Organic Outputs (MWOO) Position Statement and Transition Package

In October 2018 the EPA revoked the general and specific ‘Resource Recovery Orders’ and ‘Resource Recovery Exemptions’ for the application of Mixed Waste Organic Outputs (MWOO) to land due to risks associated with chemical and physical contaminants. In this submission, the NWRIC seeks clarity from the NSW Government on what infrastructure is appropriate to meet the State's recycling goals.

Date: 28 November, 2019

Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019.

The NWRIC write in support of the Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019, which establishes a national container deposit scheme at 20 cents, mandates national packaging targets, and bans problem plastics.

Date: 25 November, 2019

Victorian Environmental Protection Regulation - Exposure Draft

The NWRIC offers feedback on the Environmental Protection Regulation - Exposure Draft, the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 and associated regulatory instruments.

Date: 31 October, 2019

Submission on the Tasmanian Waste Action Plan

 The NWRIC welcomes the proposed action plan, and believes the state waste levy, container refund scheme, waste reduction and resource recovery targets demonstrate a commitment to enhance waste and recycling services for all Tasmanians.

Date: 14 October, 2019

Submission on Federal Senate review of regional jobs

Through the creation of regional hubs for recycling, we can re-invigorate regional employment and grow recycling.

Date: 10 September, 2019

Industry’s preferred method of financial assurances

How do we ensure that waste and recycling facilities are appropriately insured, and that insurance covers everyone?

Date: 20 September, 2019

Energy from Waste - South Australian EPA Consultation

How does energy recovery from residual materials fit into the circular economy?

Date: 26 June, 2019

Victorian Parliamentary ‘Inquiry into Recycling and Waste Management.’

This submissions offers suggestions to the Victorian Parliament on how to improve waste and recycling services.

Date: 10 May, 2019

Carbon Credits (CFI - Landfill Gas) Methodology Determination Variation 2019 Exposure Draft

This submission provides recommendations on how to improve landfill gas performance across Australia.

Date: 18 April, 2019

Draft Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy

This response identifies priority actions within the strategy, and suggests amendments to strengthen it.

Date: 9 April, 2019

Turning the tide on single use plastics

How can the waste and recycling industry help turn the tide on single use plastics?

Date: 25 February, 2019

Letter to the Meeting of Environment Minister (December 2018)

In December 2018 the NWRIC wrote to the Meeting of Environment Ministers (MEM) suggesting reform to create a more economically and environmentally sustainable and robust waste and recycling industry.

Date: 08 December, 2018

NWRIC Submission in Response to the NSW Draft Circular Economy Policy

The National Waste and Recycling Industry (NWRIC) supports NSW having a circular economy.   In the context of the waste and recycling industry the NWRIC, sees the ‘circular economy’ as the progressive application of the waste hierarchy. From preventing waste generation as the most favoured to disposal to landfill as the least favourable.   Our members play a major role in facilitating elements of the circular economy. From collecting, reusing, recycling, recovering and treating unwanted materials and resources to providing innovative solutions to the commercial, construction and government sectors .

Date: 25 November, 2018

NWRIC Submission in Response to the NSW Draft Asbestos Waste Strategy

Boardly, the NWRIC welcomes new work by the NSW Government and the EPA to develop improved asbestos management for the State. Despite this welcome action, industry would like to raise some important concerns in regard to the new regulations and strategy, which may result in perverse outcomes.

Date: November 20, 2018

Response to the review of the National Waste Strategy

The NWRIC welcomes the work by the Commonwealth to re-invigorate the National Waste Policy 2009. We see this as a great opportunity to move Australia towards a circular economy and make significant in-roads into addressing the challenges facing waste and recycling.

Date: October 12, 2018

National Product Stewardship Review

The NWRIC believes that all ‘problem products’ in Australia should be subject to appropriate product stewardship regulations which ensure that the real costs to recover and process these products are funded by those organisations who produce and place the products into the market.

Date: June 20, 2018

Commonwealth Safeguard Mechanism Review

The NWRIC submits that carbon prices are an inappropriate tool to regulation greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. Instead, we should focus on programs which divert organics from landfill to agriculture or land rehabilitation.

Management of PFOS/FPAS – The industry response

PFOS/PFAS is an important emerging persistent organic pollutant listed under the Stockholm Convention. The waste and recycling industry supports a risk based, precautionary principal approach to the management of PFOS/PFAS in water.

Date: September 20, 2017

Unnecessary Interstate waste transport – Peter Lyons Inquiry in Queensland

The NWRIC has proposed ‘levy portability’ as a solution to unnecessary interstate waste transport.

Date: September 25, 2017

The Commonwealth Review of the waste management industry

The NWRIC welcomes the recent Commonwealth Review of the waste management industry.

Date: October 27, 2017

Energy recovery – The NSW EfW Inquiry

Key to improving Australia’s waste management services is good planning, with development needed in line with the waste hierarchy.

Date: May 22, 2017

Gold Coast City – Local Law No 20 (Waste Management) 2017

The NWRIC took the opportunity to offers its views on Local Law No 20 (Waste Management) 2017 – proposed by Gold Coast City.

The Council expressed concern that the proposed law extends well beyond servicing residential domestic kerbside collection – where we recognise that aggregated services can provide benefit – into commercial waste collection.

While economies of scale have provided benefit for residential kerbside collection systems, the extensive experience of industry indicate this approach does not offer the same benefit in commercial collection markets.

It is our experience that commercial businesses are best served by competitive waste services – where competitive pricing, flexible collection systems, more recycling and up to date innovation are combined to offer the best consumer service possible.

Date: April 21, 2017

Food waste reduction – Anaerobic digesters for food waste

In response to the national food waste strategy, the NWRIC has written on the potential for anaerobic digesters to help turn a waste into a resource.

Emissions Reduction Fund – Crediting Period Review

The National Waste and Recycling Industry Council submit that without crediting period extension for landfill gas contracts under the Emissions Reduction Fund, the quality of Australia’s landfill gas assets will decline to a regulatory baseline.

Date: June 26, 2017

Commonwealth Climate Change Review

The National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) took the opportunity to comment on the current Review of climate change policies – Discussion Paper

Date: May 3, 2017