Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 410. Updated Tuesday, 20 May 2014

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Bin there, done that

The Department of Environment has published a report on progress towards achieving the five-year goals of the National Waste policy.

The National Waste Policy: Less waste, more resources, was agreed by Environment Ministers in November 2009 and endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in August 2010.

According to the Department, the policy sets a clear direction for Australia as a nation, over a 10-year period to 2020, toward producing less waste for disposal and managing waste as a resource to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits.

The Department's National Waste Policy Implementation Report 2012 and 2013 highlights the work being undertaken, both collaboratively and individually, by the Australian Government to better manage waste and improve resource recovery.

Report charts waste policy progress

The National Waste Policy provides the national framework for Australia's waste management and resource recovery from 2010 to 2020.

The Department said the NWP's objectives were to: avoid the generation of waste, reduce the amount of waste (including hazardous waste) for disposal, manage waste as a resource, and ensure that waste treatment, disposal, recovery and re-use is undertaken in a safe, scientific and environmentally sound manner; and contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, energy conservation and production, water efficiency and the productivity of the land.

This included actions and activities to address hazardous wastes and substances in the municipal, commercial and industrial, construction and demolition waste streams and covers gaseous, liquid and solid wastes.

The Department said the policy had six key directions: Taking responsibility, Improving the market, Pursuing sustainability, Reducing hazard and risk, Tailoring solutions, and Providing the evidence.

Building on these key directions, the NWP also identified 16 priority strategies that benefited from a national or coordinated approach, to focus work across individual jurisdictions, and provide clarity and certainty for business and the community.

The National Waste Policy Implementation report 2012 and 2013 can be accessed at this PS News link.

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