This discussion paper aims to promote conversation and comment on how we can improve Australia’s recycling, resource recovery and management of waste. Comments received will inform an update to the 2009 National Waste Policy.
On 27 April 2018, Australia’s environment ministers agreed to update the 2009 policy by the end of 2018.
An updated policy will need to set a clear roadmap for collective action by businesses, governments, communities and individuals.
It needs to reflect the global shift towards a circular economy. This includes designing systems and products to avoid waste, conserve resources and maximise the value of all materials used. It also includes improving capacity for products to be better designed, reused, repaired and recycled.
Like the 2009 policy, the update should be a comprehensive response to the challenges facing waste management in Australia - excluding radioactive waste.