Management of Australia’s Waste Streams (including consideration of the Drink Container Recycling Bill 2008)

Management of Australia’s Waste Streams (including consideration of the Drink Container Recycling Bill 2008)

3 September 2008

© Commonwealth of Australia 2008
ISBN 978-0-642-71960-7

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Committee membership (PDF 121KB)
Acronyms and abbreviations (PDF 116KB)
Recommendations (PDF 90KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 149KB)

Background to the inquiry
The committee’s approach
Conduct of the inquiry

Chapter 2 - Trends in waste production in Australia (PDF 290KB)

Waste generation is increasing
   Drivers of waste generation
   Increasing complexity and toxicity of waste
   Continued reliance on landfill
   Increasing rate of recycling
Deficient information on waste
International comparisons
Waste streams
   Municipal waste
   Commercial and industrial waste
   Construction and demolition waste
Economic, social and environmental impacts of waste
   Economic impacts
   Social impacts
   Environmental impacts
      Greenhouse gas emissions
      Natural resource depletion
      Water consumption
      Leachate contamination

Chapter 3 - The effectiveness of current waste management strategies (PDF 308KB)

Existing waste management strategies
Landfill levies
Resource efficiency
Municipal waste
   Community engagement
   Kerbside recycling
   Glass contamination
   Away-from-home recycling
Commercial and industrial waste
Construction and demolition waste
Pricing externalities

Chapter 4 - Potential new waste management strategies (PDF 294KB)

Establishing a national resource efficiency strategy
   Fundamental principles of a national strategic framework
      Resource efficiency
      Waste hierarchy
      User pays, cost-reflective pricing
Improving waste data
Organic waste management
Alternative Waste Technology
Landfill cap and trade schemes

Chapter 5 - Extended Producer Responsibility (PDF 322KB)

What is Extended Producer Responsibility?
National Extended Producer Responsibility initiatives
   Consumer packaging
   Beverage containers
      South Australia container deposit legislation
      Drink Container Recycling Bill 2008
   Compact fluorescent lamps

Family First - Dissenting Report (PDF 173KB)

Inquiry into the Management of Australia’s Waste Streams
   What happens in Australia now?
   How drink container recycling works
   Success in South Australia
   Cutting greenhouse gases
   Family First’s Drink Container Recycling Bill 2008
   Extended producer responsibility

Appendix 1 - Submissions (PDF 91KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 148KB)
Appendix 3 - Tabled documents, additional information and answers to questions taken on notice (PDF 118KB)


For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment, Communications and the Arts
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3439
Fax: +61 2 6277 5809