Proposed changes to product stewardship legislation are being released today in the first round of grants from the federal government’s new $20 million Product Stewardship Investment Fund. It is designed to ensure manufacturers, retailers and industry groups take greater responsibility for the entire lifecycle of the products they produce and sell.
The WA government’s commitment of $20 million to boost the states capacity for local processing of waste plastic and tyres came just a day after the federal government released details of its Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF).
The reaction to the creation of the Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) from the heads of the WARR associations that lobby the government have ranged from ‘pleasing’, to a ‘massive milestone,’ and ‘fantastic’.
While the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) said it’s pleased with the government’s commitment of significant new funds to the industry, CEO Gayle Sloan said that several other elements had to be driven now, and “driven at high throttle too”.
The former chairman and director of Queensland’s Container Exchange and former general manager of the Australia Beverage Council Alby Taylor, is the new CEO of Return-It.
The Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) created by the federal government and shored up with $190 million is geared to generate another $600 million of industry recycling investment and drive a billion-dollar transformation of Australia’s waste and recycling capacity.
The Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE) is preparing to return to the ICC Sydney Darling Harbour from 25-26 November this year.
As Australia begins to pick up speed towards setting and meeting sustainable targets, the United Kingdom is being hailed as a leader within the global WARR industry.
The WARR industry and state and territory governments have until July 31 to submit collaborative project proposals to the federal government for a national solution for local mixed-paper recycling.
Nominations for the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association (WMRR) state branch committee presidents and vice- presidents have opened. Existing two-year terms have expired, enabling all WMRR financial members, with the exception of student members, to now nominate.