Industry committed to waste management
The Federal Government’s support for a cost-benefit analysis to develop Australia’s waste management policies has been welcomed by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC).
The Government has agreed to a “rigorous” cost-benefit analysis for waste strategies and highlighted the important role to be played by the strengthened industry and government partnership called the Australian Packaging Covenant.
Under the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) long-term national waste strategy, the Covenant will have a greater focus on packaging design, workplace and public place recycling and litter reduction programs.
AFGC Chief Executive Kate Carnell said Australia’s kerbside and away-from-home recycling systems represent excellent value for money and have achieved impressive results.
“The existing industry and government partnership approach, which has been operating for the past decade, has seen Australia’s packaging recycling rates rise from below 40 per cent to almost 60 per cent over the past five years,” Ms Carnell said.
“Industry is wholeheartedly committed to community calls for more recycling options, especially in sporting venues, airports and food courts, which is occurring with the support of government to commit to the existing partnership approach through the Covenant.”
Ms Carnell said industry was looking forward to continuing to work with government on its commitment to waste management and recycling programs, especially on away-from-home recycling facilities.
“However, industry fully recognises that it has a much greater role to play to improve sustainable packaging, reduce litter rates and increase recycling across Australia,” Ms Carnell said.
“We are dedicated to increasing industry’s commitment and investments in these important areas – and we understand that industry has much more work to do in the future.”