Terms of Reference

The waste and recycling industry in Australia, with particular reference to: 

  1. the quantity of solid waste generated and the rate of diversion of solid waste for recycling;
  2. the accreditation and management of landfills;
  3. the extent of illegal landfilling;
  4. the role of landfill levies in determining the end destination of material, including the hypothecation of collected levies for enforcement and waste diversion purposes;
  5. the role of different incentives and collection methods in determining the quality and quantity of material collected for recycling;
  6. the destination of material collected for recycling, including the extent of material reprocessing and the stockpiling of collected material;
  7. the current economic conditions in the industry, including the market for material collected for recycling;
  8. the transportation of solid waste across state boundaries;
  9. the role of the Australian Government in providing a coherent, efficient and environmentally responsible approach to solid waste management, including by facilitating a federal approach; and
  10. any other related matters.

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

An inquiry into the waste and recycling industry in Australia including issues relating to landfill, markets for recycled waste and the role of the Australian Government in providing a coherent approach to the management of solid waste.

Past Public Hearings

30 Apr 2018: BRISBANE
21 Mar 2018: CANBERRA
14 Mar 2018: SYDNEY


Inquiry Status

Report tabled


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