Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020 [Provisions] and related bills

October 2020

© Commonwealth of Australia 2020
ISBN: 978-1-76093-123-0

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List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction

  Conduct of the inquiry
  Structure of this report
  Background, purpose and overview of the bills
  Overview of the RWR Consequential and Transitional bill
  Overview of the RWR General, Customs and Excise bills
  Other recent Commonwealth initiatives
  Comment of the Scrutiny of Bills Committee

Chapter 2—Issues raised

  Support for the bill
  Issues raised
  Other matters raised
  Committee view

Additional comments by Labor senators

Additional comments by Australian Greens senators

  Consultation on the Minister's priority list
  Plastic packaging—priority list
  National Packaging Targets
  Single-Use Plastics

Appendix 1—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 2—Public hearing and witnesses

Committee Secretariat contact:

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

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526

About this inquiry

The bills would implement the 2020 commitment of the Commonwealth Government (through the former COAG) to ban the export of waste glass, plastics, tyres and paper. The bills would also incorporate the framework of the Product Stewardship Act 2011, and would make amendments to regulate and encourage businesses that design, manufacture and distribute products to take greater responsibility for their environmental impacts.

Past Public Hearings

18 Sep 2020: