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Australia’s first national plastics summit to be held this year

In a first for Australia – a national plastics summit will be held in 2020 to address the country’s growing plastic waste issue.

Announced by Australia’s Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley, the summit will explore new methods of remanufacturing that will create jobs and build a wider understanding about the importance of recycling strategies.

About 200 retailers, industry representatives, state governments, local government associations, infrastructure companies, researchers and school children will be invited to Canberra in early March to take part in the national summit to address the challenges of plastics and recycling.

Delegates will be invited to showcase solutions, mobilise actions and address the National Waste Policy Action Plan target of phasing out problematic and unnecessary plastics over the next five years (2025).

Consumer and community education will be a key focus, along with the role of school children and young adults in influencing household behaviour, and in highlighting the link between industry action and community interests.

The federal government will seek commitments from industry to help create jobs, research opportunities, education initiatives and practical community outcomes in a bid to reduce plastic waste.