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Submissions for review of QLD Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation close tomorrow

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011 is due to expire on 31 August 2023. Before remaking the regulation, the Queensland Government must undertake a sunset review to evaluate its continuing need, effectiveness and efficiency. The Department of Environment and Science is completing a review and proposes to remake the regulation with amendments designed to improve clarity and reduce the regulatory burden on stakeholders.

Over the last 10 years there has been continuous consultation and improvement on the function of the regulation. As we continue this consultation, we invite your feedback on:

  • the current effectiveness and efficiency of the WRR Regulation
  • proposed amendments to the WRR Regulation.

To provide feedback, please email OCE.Policy@des.qld.gov.au. Submissions close at 5pm on 2 August 2023.

The WRR Act 2011 contains a suite of measures to reduce waste generation and landfill disposal and encourage recycling.

The legislation establishes a new framework to modernise waste management and resource recovery practices in Queensland. It will promote waste avoidance and reduction and encourage resource recovery and efficiency.

The key provisions of the Act include:

  • a requirement for Queensland Government agencies and local governments to prepare waste management plans
  • introduction of product stewardship arrangements for any waste products that are identified as a growing problem for landfill in the future
  • strengthened littering and illegal dumping offences, including public reporting of vehicle-related littering offences.

The Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) Amendment Act 2019, which received royal assent on 21 February 2019, adds provisions to the existing Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 which commenced on 1 July 2019. These amending provisions re-introduced the waste levy.

Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011
The Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011 sits under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 and provides details about the new legislative framework.

The key provisions of the Regulation include:

  • fees for applications under the Act
  • management of used packaging materials
  • details about who is required to plan and report about waste management.

The Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) Amendment Regulation 2019, approved on 21 March 2019, provides details on the requirements to implement the waste levy. The provisions were added to the existing Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011 on commencement on 1 July 2019.

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