Plastic waste


9 Dec 2019

Rethinking Plastics outlines New Zealand's plastics problem and provides recommendations for reducing the country's plastic footprint.


27 Nov 2019

The focus of this inquiry is about recycling and waste management in Victoria, particularly in the wake of changes to the export markets and the impact these changes have had on participants in the Victorian industry and on the Victorian community.


27 Aug 2019

Around the time of the commencement of this inquiry, there was a major fire in Campbellfield, which had significant impact on businesses and the community in the area and highlighted the need to avoid dangerous stockpiling of recyclable materials. This interim report deals with the...


1 Aug 2019

Findings in this report should be considered as interim, based on the relatively short time the scheme has been in operation. The Commission is requesting information from stakeholders on a range of issues and will undertake further analysis on a number of areas, as well...


1 Aug 2019

This report critically examines the evidence related to the occurrence of microplastics in the water cycle (including both tap and bottled drinking-water and its sources), the potential health impacts from microplastic exposure and the removal of microplastics during wastewater and drinking-water treatment.


Te Ao Hurihuri – The changing world
1 Jul 2019

There is growing concern about the use of plastics and their effects on the environment and human health. This document sets out how plastics are made, used and disposed of. It also covers how plastics enter the environment and the risks plastics pose to New...


12 Jun 2019

A recent study by the University of Newcastle suggests that an average person could be ingesting approximately 5 grams of plastic every week. This summary report highlights the ways plastic gets into our body, and what we can do about it.


15 May 2019

The City of Sydney has developed these guidelines to help everyone using its venues and outdoor space find sustainable alternatives to single-use items and ensure that where waste is generated, recycling is maximised.


14 May 2019

This report looks at the health impact of plastic pollution and rubbish on the world’s poorest people.


8 May 2019

This Strategy demonstrates how a scheme will contribute to Scotland’s 2025 target to increase the national recycling rate to 70% and to the national litter strategy which aims to effect a wholesale shift in national policy and practice towards prevention.

Discussion paper

1 May 2019

The Queensland Container Refund Scheme commenced on 1 November 2018—allowing people to take empty drink containers to a collection point for a refund. The scheme is funded through a surcharge on beverage manufacturers. The Queensland Productivity Commission has released this issues paper to assist interested...

Working paper

4 Mar 2019

Improving the quality and economics of plastics recycling is a core objective of the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. The Strategy announces a series of actions to achieve this objective, from improving product design to boosting recycled content in products to improving...

Working paper

24 Jan 2019

This whitepaper is published as part of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), a public‑private collaboration mechanism and project accelerator dedicated to bringing about the circular economy at speed and scale.

The whitepaper examines the plastics packaging and consumer electronics industries. It...


3 Dec 2018

This report examines New Zealand’s plastic packaging system, and explores the key challenges, opportunities and pathways are for creating a circular economy for plastics packaging that works in New Zealand.


The issue of death by plastic in Commonwealth Marine Areas and The Great Barrier Reef
20 Nov 2018

Plastic pollution, both land-based and in our oceans, is one of the most significant environmental challenges the world faces. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has even called it a critical problem, comparable to climate change.


15 Nov 2018

This regulatory impact assessment looks at whether to confirm agreement in principle to a mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags in New Zealand.


31 Aug 2018

This report investigates the efficacy of the existing legislation and recommends options to improve environmental outcomes of the ACT plastic shopping bag ban.

Discussion paper

10 Aug 2018

This document has been released as part of a consultation process to decide if a mandatory phase out of sale or distribution of plastic shopping bags is the best option for New Zealand. It is proposed that at least six months after regulations are Gazetted,...


27 Jun 2018

This plan incorporates new actions needed to abate the listed key threatening process, particularly actions to develop understanding about microplastic impacts and the potential role of new technologies in waste management.


26 Jun 2018

This report discusses solid waste, rather than liquid or gaseous waste. Given the limitations of the committee, and the recent decisions by China relating to the importation of recycled material, the inquiry and the report also generally focus on the flow of materials, rather than...



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