Landmark Legislation For Australia’s Waste

Source: Prime Minister of Australia.

Too much plastic is ending up in our oceans and rivers. When I talk to kids in schools, it’s one of the things they always talk to me about.

We have to clean up our waterways and we’re getting serious about making that happen.

Today we have introduced landmark new laws in Parliament that see Australia take responsibility for the waste we produce and bans the export of our unprocessed plastic, paper, glass and used tyres.

This legislation complements our $1 billion plan to turbocharge Australia’s recycling capacity, which will create 10,000 new jobs and divert more than 10 million tonnes of waste from landfill.



The Morrison Government this week introduces landmark legislation that sees Australia take responsibility for its waste and establishes a national industry framework for recycling.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to remodel waste management, reduce pressure on our environment and create economic opportunity – we need a greater focus on recycling and to move to a circular economy with a strong market for recycled materials.

“Our Recycling Modernisation Fund and our actions under the National Waste Policy Action Plan will create 10,000 new jobs over the next 10 years – that is a 32 per cent increase in jobs in the Australian waste and recycling sector.

“We are introducing legislation; we are driving a billion-dollar transformation of Australia’s waste and recycling capacity and we are investing in new technologies and new ideas to transform the recycling industry.”

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