Reports

Consultation Regulation Impact Statement Phasing out certain waste exports

Consultation Regulation Impact Statement Phasing out certain waste exports

Consultation Regulation Impact Statement Phasing out certain waste exports

As required by COAG Regulation Impact Guidelines, a consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) and decision RIS will be prepared ahead of First Ministers consideration in early 2020. The consultation RIS has been developed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy (the Department) in consultation with state and territory governments and the Australian Local Government Association. The purpose of a consultation RIS is to canvass the regulatory options under consideration to determine the relative costs and benefits of those options to action the COAG commitment to ban certain exportation of wastes from July 2020.

Report on Australian packaging & resource recovery data

Report on Australian packaging & resource recovery data

Report on Australian packaging & resource recovery data

This report provides the 2017–18 financial year baseline packaging consumption and recovery data for Australia, to inform the measurement of progress towards the 2025 Targets released in 2018. APCO commissioned the collection of this data from new and existing sources to enable Australia to not only benchmark our current system, but also to support strategic planning across all levels of the life cycle of packaging – from design, manufacturing, use, disposal and end-of-life fate.

Circulatory indicators – an approach to measure circularity

Circulatory indicators – an approach to measure circularity

Circulatory indicators – an approach to measure circularity

The Circularity Indicators Project has developed indicators that assess how well a product performs in the context of a circular economy. The methodology encompasses material flows and a range of complementary indicators, thereby allowing companies to estimate how advanced they are on their journey from linear to circular in terms of their products and materials.

Europe’s new European Green Deal

Europe’s new European Green Deal

Europe’s new European Green Deal

The European Commission says becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our times. To achieve this, the EC has just released (11 Dec)  the European Green Deal, the “most ambitious package of measures that should enable European citizens and businesses to benefit from sustainable green transition”. Measures, accompanied with an initial roadmap of key policies, range from ambitiously cutting emissions, to investing in cutting-edge research and innovation, to preserving Europe’s natural environment.

NSW EPA public consultation on the future use of waste

NSW EPA public consultation on the future use of waste

NSW EPA public consultation on the future use of waste

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has opened public consultation on the future use of general household waste, including Mixed Waste Organic Outputs (“MWOO” or “the material”) and on a proposed transition funding package to support the industry to transition to sustainable solutions for household waste.

Victoria Inquiry into recycling and waste management final report

Victoria Inquiry into recycling and waste management final report

Victoria Inquiry into recycling and waste management final report

The Committee has provided an overview of the Victorian recycling and waste management system, including some description of the cause and effect of what has become known as the recycling crisis. There is significant discussion about municipal waste, some of the issues of contamination and their impact on recycling, the impact and future of landfills in Victoria, and a range of other issues that have been raised in submissions and in public hearings. These issues include the introduction of a container deposit scheme, the development of waste to energy as a way of divert waste from landfill, the importance of education of the community in how to properly manage their
recycling and waste, the development of a circular economy and product stewardship among other things. The committee also considers the overarching structures of government, and whether changes are needed to better oversee the recycling and waste management system in Victoria.

NSW Productivity Commission discussion paper

NSW Productivity Commission discussion paper

NSW Productivity Commission discussion paper

The NSW Productivity Commissioner has released a Discussion Paper titled ‘Kickstarting the productivity conversation’, the first in a series of papers to shape the productivity reform agenda for New South Wales. The paper stated that productivity improvements can address environmental challenges, including those posed by “increasing climate variability”. “A more productive economy means using resources more efficiently, including our scarce natural resources, to produce the same output,” the paper stated. “This could involve a more circular economy, for example.”

COAG waste ban discussion paper

COAG waste ban discussion paper

COAG waste ban discussion paper

The federal Department of Environment has just released (late Nov) a discussion paper with a short submission time to assist COAG (Commonwealth, state and territory governments) plans to ban exportation of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres that have not been processed into value-added materials. The discussion paper says: “This is an ambitious goal. All jurisdictions have acknowledged that resourcing from Commonwealth, states and territories, and industry, will be required to effectively implement the ban. Local governments will also have a key role. Feedback is invited by 3 December 2019.”

Food services packaging sustainability guidelines

Food services packaging sustainability guidelines

Food services packaging sustainability guidelines

This guide presents a step-by-step approach that any food service organisation can follow, to minimise packaging waste and to improve recycling and composting rates. A business can work through the steps in a sequential manner if the organisation is just starting out. If the business has already started making changes, then this guide can be used to review progress, identify opportunities for improvement, and take action on the next steps to improved packaging sustainability.

How the circular economy tackles climate change

How the circular economy tackles climate change

How the circular economy tackles climate change

Concentrating on five key areas (cement, plastics, steel, aluminium, and food) Completing the Picture: How the Circular Economy Tackles Climate Change illustrates how designing out waste, keeping materials in use, and regenerating farmland can reduce these emissions by 9.3 billion tonnes. That is equivalent to eliminating current emissions from all forms of transport globally. The paper demonstrates how businesses, financial institutions, and policymakers can build a thriving and resilient economy while playing an essential role in reaching climate targets.

New National Waste Action Plan 2019

New National Waste Action Plan 2019

New National Waste Action Plan 2019

This new report, the National Waste Policy Action Plan, was released 8 November 2019. These targets and actions will guide investment and national efforts to 2030 and beyond. It also aims to address impediments to a circular economy for waste in Australia to support businesses and households realise the full value of recyclable materials and work towards more sustainable resource use. We know that for every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, 9.2 jobs are created.

Circular photovoltaics – circular business models for Australia’s PV industry

Circular photovoltaics – circular business models for Australia’s PV industry

Circular photovoltaics – circular business models for Australia’s PV industry

This new report – which acknowledges input from NSW Circular Director and UNSW Professor Veena Sahajwalla – explores the opportunities presented by the circular economy for the photovoltaic industry in Australia by analysing the current state of play of the industry and the circular economy, outlining how circular business models could apply to the lifecycle of a photovoltaic panel, and recommending ways forward for industry stakeholders.
Re-defining Value – The Manufacturing Revolution

Re-defining Value – The Manufacturing Revolution

Re-defining Value – The Manufacturing Revolution

Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Direct Reuse in the Circular Economy (UN Environment)

This report connects the potential for resource efficiency, via circular economy and the processes that retain product value within the systems, with a policy-relevant lens. The report is one of the first to quantify the current-state and potential impacts associated with the inclusion of value-retention processes within industrial economic systems. In order to do that the assessment applies the different value-retention processes to a series of products within three industrial sectors and quantifies benefits in relation to the original manufactured product, such as the material requirement, the energy used, the waste as well as the costs and the generation of jobs. The report also highlights the systemic barriers that may inhibit progressive scale-up including regulatory, market, technology and infrastructure barriers, and how they could be overcome.

Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy

Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy

Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy

The Strategy presents a strategic plan for a better way of managing waste in Queensland, by harnessing the potential value of resources that have traditionally been discarded. The Strategy’s three strategic priorities will guide the transition to a more circular economy, reduce the amount of waste disposed of to landfill, or illegally, and provide a more sustainable source of end-of-life products and materials to create new products. The Strategy will be accompanied by a series of action plans that detail the implementation of the strategic priorities, including timeframes and responsibilities.

Queensland Resource Recovery Industries – 10 year road map

Queensland Resource Recovery Industries – 10 year road map

Queensland Resource Recovery Industries – 10 year road map

Working closely with industry and other stakeholders, the Queensland Government has developed a series of roadmaps focused on emerging priority sectors with global growth potential. The Resource Recovery Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (the Roadmap) is a key action under the Qld Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy (Waste Strategy). The Roadmap provides industry and other stakeholders with an overview of our plan to expand and enhance this established industry sector, and support new technologies for it to grow. It will guide the sustainable growth and development of Queensland’s resource recovery industries by facilitating investment and market-capacity building and coordinating appropriate land-use planning frameworks to realise the economic opportunity the Waste Strategy presents.

Reuse – Rethinking Packaging (Ellen Macarthur Foundation)

Reuse – Rethinking Packaging (Ellen Macarthur Foundation)

Reuse – Rethinking Packaging (Ellen Macarthur Foundation)

This new release from the New Plastics Economy team provides a framework to understand reuse models, it identifies six major benefits of reuse, and maps 69 reuse examples. Based on an evaluation of more than 100 initiatives and interviews with over 50 experts, it aims to inspire and help structure thinking. It provides a basic description of how different reuse models work as well as typical implementation challenges. The focus of this initial work is on packaging solutions in business-to-consumer (B2C) applications. While there certainly are many reuse opportunities in business-to-business (B2B) applications, these are generally better understood and adopted at scale already.

ISO announces new technical committee – ISO-TC 323 Circular economy

ISO announces new technical committee – ISO-TC 323 Circular economy

ISO announces new technical committee – ISO-TC 323 Circular economy

Standardisation in the field of circular economy to develop requirements, frameworks, guidance and supporting tools related to the implementation of circular economy projects. The proposed deliverables will apply to any organization or group of organizations wishing to implement circular economy projects, such as commercial organizations, public services and not-for-profit organisations.

Victorian Government proposed Circular Economy Strategy and Policy

Victorian Government proposed Circular Economy Strategy and Policy

Victorian Government proposed Circular Economy Strategy and Policy

The Victorian Government is developing a circular economy policy and action plan for Victoria. In a circular economy people minimise waste and make the most of resources. Shifting to a more circular economy will grow the economy, increase jobs and reduce impacts on the environment. The circular economy policy will build on Victoria’s leading waste and resource recovery initiatives, including our response to global recycling market challenges. More than that, it will find new ways for Victorian businesses and communities to use materials more efficiently and avoid waste in all stages of making, using and disposing of the products and infrastructure we rely on every day. The government is gathering information to better understand how Victoria can benefit from more circular production and consumption.

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Report – UN Environment and Ellen Macarthur Foundation

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Report – UN Environment and Ellen Macarthur Foundation

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Report – UN Environment and Ellen Macarthur Foundation

This report reveals details of industry and government efforts to tackle plastic waste and pollution. Details of how brands, governments, and other organisations are tackling plastic pollution have been set out side-by-side for the first time, thanks to this new report published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative, in collaboration with UN Environment.

APCO packaging material flow analysis 2018 (released 2019)

APCO packaging material flow analysis 2018 (released 2019)

APCO packaging material flow analysis 2018 (released 2019)

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) commissioned the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (ISF) to characterise the waste material flows through the Australian waste packaging system, using material flow analysis (MFA) methodology. MFA assists in visualising the flows of packaging materials throughout the Australian waste system, from consumption through to reprocessing. This analysis provides a comprehensive understanding of the collection, sorting and recovery systems in Australia, identifying a range of potential strategies across the value chain to improve recovery of packaging. Analysis was undertaken for the postconsumer glass, paper, metal, and plastic packaging waste systems in Australia for the 2017/18 financial year. These material flow estimates were used as a baseline for evaluating future scenarios to improve packaging waste management in Australia, towards the implementation of a circular economy for packaging. Importantly, the results provide estimates for packaging currently being collected, sorted, recovered and recycled at the end of its useful life. Efforts to improve packaging design to make it recyclable are focused at the manufacturing stage of the packaging lifecycle, and thus fall outside of the scope of this analysis.

NSW Circular Economy Policy

NSW Circular Economy Policy

NSW Circular Economy Policy

The NSW Circular Economy Policy Statement (released February 2019) will help guide NSW Government decision making as we transition to a circular economy. It sets the ambition and approach for a circular economy in NSW, and provides principles to guide resource use and management. The planning phase will include setting specific actions, timing and directions to transition towards a circular economy. Embedding circular economy principles in NSW’s 20-year Waste Strategy will also be a critical next step.

Innovation in the NSW Environmental Goods and Services Sector

Innovation in the NSW Environmental Goods and Services Sector

Innovation in the NSW Environmental Goods and Services Sector

This report – which recommended the establishment of NSW Circular – examines the environmental goods and services (EGS) sector in New South Wales, Australia and internationally. This report presents, for the first time, an economic profile of the NSW EGS sector. The EGS sector provides technologies, goods and services to reduce environmental impacts and increase the resource productivity of a broad range of industries critical for the NSW economy. In NSW, EGS is an innovation–rich sector with recognised research and industry strengths over other jurisdictions and a growing international competitive advantage. This report identifies international best practice approaches and experiences in growing EGS sectors and provides insights on how to boost its performance in the NSW context.

New National Waste Action Plan 2019

New National Waste Action Plan 2019

This new report, the National Waste Policy Action Plan released 8 November 2019, contains targets and actions to guide investment and national efforts to 2030 and beyond…

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Past Event

The Circular Economy: Models for Change

Date: 14/10/2019

This jointly hosted event, ‘The Circular Economy: Models for Change’, will showcase the Holland Circular Hotspot and some local initiatives as we explore the transition to a circular economy …

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Past Event

The Circular Economy: Models for Change

Date: 14/10/2019

This jointly hosted event, ‘The Circular Economy: Models for Change’, will showcase the Holland Circular Hotspot and some local initiatives as we explore the transition to a circular economy …

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