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Industry partners sought for Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence

A Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence (CoE) is being established as part of the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund. It follows the Product Stewardship review announced last week.

The federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has opened a new partnership call for the CoE. In a statement, it has described its role as “providing support for accelerating the development of new industry-led product stewardship schemes and improving recycling rates of existing product stewardship schemes.”

“Through partnerships we can share our skills, expertise and resources to have a greater impact for waste management and resource recovery,” the statement said.

“We are inviting suitably experienced and skilled entities to submit a partnering proposal to establish a Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence (CoE). This partner will work with us to deliver, and achieve the outcomes of, the Product Stewardship CoE.”

The CoE will contribute to achieving Target 3 of the 2019 National Waste Policy Action Plan: increasing Australia’s resource recovery rate to 80 per cent by 2030.

The Australian Government will provide the successful partner seed funding of up to $1 million over three years from 2020–21 to 2022–23 to establish the Product Stewardship CoE (subject to the successful partner meeting the grant requirements).

The grant forms part of the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund under the Australian Government’s $167 million Australian Recycling Investment Plan to increase Australia’s recycling rates, tackle plastic waste and litter, and halve food waste by 2030.