From Rubbish to Resources: Building a Circular Economy

December 2020

© Commonwealth of Australia 2020
ISBN: 978-1-76092-171-2

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Chair's Foreword


Terms of Reference


List of Recommendations

Executive Summary

1. Introduction

  Inquiry process
  Commonwealth waste management and recycling reforms
  Structure of the report

2. Waste management and resource recovery

  What is waste?
  Waste statistics
  Waste management and resource recovery industry
  The waste hierarchy
  Circular economy
  Committee comment

3. Role of the Commonwealth

  Current Commonwealth programs
  Committee comment

4. Impediments to innovation

  Innovation framework
  Committee comment

5. Waste to energy

  Best fit
  Policy considerations
  Committee site visit
  Committee comment

6. Rural and regional Australia

  Local solutions
  Access to information
  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  Committee comment

7. Textiles

  Opportunities in textile recovery
  Proposed solutions
  Committee comment

8. Focus areas

  Waterways and oceans
  Food organics and garden organics waste
  Medical waste
  Solar panels
  Wind turbines
  Committee comment

9. Community engagement

  Committee comment

A. Submissions

B. Exhibits

C. Public hearings

D. Treaties and legislation

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4114
Fax: 02 6277 2220