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Federal government’s recycling policy a win for the industry, according to ACOR

According to the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) the Australian Federal government’s recent recycling policy announcement “wins a recycling Grand Final”.

ACOR, the peak body for the domestic industry worth $15 billion and 50,000 jobs, praised the coalition’s policy.

ACOR CEO Pete Shmigel said with the kerbside recycling part of a sector under pressure from Asian changes, this coalition package is an “appropriate, awesome and advantageous investment” in Australian recycling’s domestic sustainability.

“The coalition has kicked one strongly through the policy posts. That will result in less waste to landfill, recycling industry co-investment, community confidence in their efforts, value-adding jobs in regional centres, and resource security in a competitive world.

“ScoMo has scored big time for recycling, the environment and the economy all in one play.”

ACOR especially welcomes the following initiatives:

  • $100 million Australian Recycling Investment Fund will result in the domestic manufacturing of lower emissions and energy-efficient recycled content products and critical domestic markets for the future.
  • $20 million for a new Product Stewardship Investment Fund for industry-led recycling schemes, including for batteries, electrical and electronic products, photovoltaic systems and plastic oil containers, which can bring Australia in line with the world.
  • $20 million for plastic recycling and waste solutions through the Cooperative Research Centres Projects grants program as only 11 per cent of this material is currently recycled.
  • $2 million for ACOR’s world-first “look and tell” recyclability app using AI to support Australians’ terrific participation in recycling.

According to Shmigel, it is also significant that the coalition has pledged to continue working with state, territory and local governments on opportunities to get more recycled content into road construction, but that it’s an area of much greater opportunity.

“In the future, we need more specific targets and timetables from government on using its purchasing power for recycled content products, such as roads, which is exactly how the UK and France have responded to Asia,” Shmigel added.

“Building Snowy 2.0 using recycled content construction material would soak up every glass and plastic stockpile in the country.”

ACOR also strongly acknowledges the recycling policy of the Federal ALP as strong and substantial with commitments in the areas of industry infrastructure, product stewardship and procurement.

“Australian voters, some 90 per cent of whom voluntarily participate in recycling, can be confident that both our major Parties and the Greens have provided substantive policies for this election,” Shmigel said.

“All three choices are positive and ACOR will compile a comparative scorecard based on its 10 Point Plan in the next week.”