Waste and recycling industry in Australia

26 June 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN 978-1-76010-776-5

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Committee membership (PDF 22KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 9KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 32KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 25KB)

Referral and terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Waste management and recycling in Australia (PDF 203KB)

Waste hierarchy
The waste management and recycling sector
Quantity of waste generated and the fate of waste in Australia
Adequacy of data on waste management and recycling
Export of recyclable material
Regulation of waste and recycling in Australia

Chapter 3 - Landfill (PDF 100KB)

Accreditation and management of landfills
Illegal landfilling and dumping

Chapter 4 - Waste levies (PDF 288KB)

Beneficial outcomes
Perverse outcomes and limitations
Strategies to mitigate negative impacts of waste levies

Chapter 5 - Key challenges and opportunities for Australia's recycling effort (PDF 132KB)

Overview of current economic conditions
Changes to China's import policies

Chapter 6 - Issues facing the recycling industry (PDF 138KB)

Implications of collection methods for recycling
Issues related to particular types of recyclates
Infrastructure for processing recyclable material

Chapter 7 - National leadership (PDF 139KB)

Circular economy
Policy approach
Product Stewardship
Leading by example
Energy from waste

Chapter 8 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 54KB)

An industry in crisis
National Waste Policy and the circular economy
Collection methods
Landfill levies
Landfill standards
An opportunity too important to be missed

Labor Senators' – Additional Comments (PDF 13KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions, additional information, tabled documents and answers to questions on notice (PDF 15KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 14KB)

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