COAG Waste Export Ban – Phased Timetable Consultation

On 9 August 2019, the Council of Australian Governments agreed Australia should establish a timetable to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres, while building Australia’s capacity to generate high value recycled commodities and associated demand.

Leaders also tasked Environment Ministers to advise on a proposed timetable and response strategy following consultation with industry and other stakeholders.

At the Meeting of Environment Ministers on 8 November 2019, Ministers agreed that waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres that have not been processed into value-added material should be subject to the export ban.

They determined that the ban should commence on 1 July 2020 with a phased approach:

  • All waste glass by July 2020
  • Mixed waste plastics by July 2021
  • All whole tyres including baled tyres by December 2021
  • Remaining waste products, including mixed paper and cardboard, by no later than 30 June 2022.


There are a number of ways to have your say about the proposed timetable and response strategy, find out more…

Closing date for submissions is 3 December 2019.

Further opportunities for industry engagement will be considered in light of responses to this consultation.

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