Dealing with the garbage–Rethinking Australia’s Waste

Issue date: Friday, 25 October 2019

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The House Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources today launched an inquiry into Australia’s Waste Management and Recycling Industries.

The Chair of the Committee, Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, said ‘the inquiry will examine different processes within Australia, and between Australia and best practice in the world. The Committee will investigate innovative ways to reduce the millions of tonnes of waste discarded in landfill and waterways in Australia each year.’ 

‘Improving waste management and recycling in Australia not only provides for a cleaner and more sustainable environment, but it also presents a range of economic opportunities. New jobs and industries will be created – particularly in our regions - along with new products and services’, Mr Joyce said.

The Committee will consider opportunities to better manage industrial, commercial and domestic waste, as well as any current impediments to innovation in these sectors. Strategies to reduce waste in waterways and oceans will also be examined.

The Committee would like to hear from interested people, organisations and agencies working to reduce, reuse and recycle waste in Australia. Submissions to the inquiry should be received by 31 January 2020.

The terms of reference for the inquiry can be found on the Committee’s website.

Media enquiries:
Please contact Sam Woods at the Office of Hon Barnaby Joyce MP on (02) 6761 3080.

For background information:
Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources
(02) 6277 4114 or

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