The Victorian government has released an issues paper on the Circular Economy Policy for public comment.
A statement, released in July by the state government, explained that Victorians have an opportunity to help make the recycling system more resilient and sustainable by expressing their views on the policy.
The implementation of a Circular Economy Policy aims to deliver new opportunities for industry and more jobs in Victoria.
Through the policy, Victoria will transition from the traditional linear model of consumption to a circular model that continually seeks to minimise the use of natural resources.
The policy will build on the government’s continued investment in the waste and resource recovery initiatives and responds to global recycling challenges.
Victoria’s Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, said a circular economy will not only improve Victoria’s waste and recycling systems – it will support local businesses and create local jobs here in Victoria.
“We’re transforming the way we think about waste and resource recovery – developing a circular economy will deliver better environmental, social and economic results for Victoria.
“I encourage Victorians to have their say on this important issue as we work towards a final policy in 2020,” D’Ambrosio said.
The Circular Economy Policy issues paper is open for consultation until August 2, 2019.
Queenslanders are also being encouraged to have their say on an Energy from Waste (EfW) policy discussion paper – released on Monday.
Queensland’s Minister for Environment, Leeanne Enoch, said the discussion paper gives the community a chance to contribute to the development of a new policy and provide feedback on the types of technologies.
“Converting waste to energy should not be considered as an alternative to recycling. Avoiding and reducing waste should always be the most preferable option as a long-term solution, followed by reusing and recycling waste.
“However, recovering energy from waste is suitable for waste that cannot be recycled, and would otherwise be destined for landfill,” Enoch said.
Waste Recycling Industry Queensland (WRIQ) executive officer, Rick Ralph, said EfW will play an important role in helping to achieve the objectives and targets of the Queensland’s Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy.
“The release of the energy from waste discussion paper is a step in the right direction.
“Industry looks forward to having this discussion with the government in this important initiative,” Ralph said.
The paper is open for public consultation until August 26.