WASTE

WASTE

Policy
Australia should significantly reduce its waste production and disposal, and increase its waste recycling and energy recovery.

Policy Methods (Federal & State)
To help achieve this Australia should:

  • Achieve better product design and standards in order to reduce materials usage, and improve longevity, repairability, re-usability and recycling capacity.
  • Achieve greater producer responsibility throughout product life cycles.
  • Establish a national ‘sustainable design and development’ centre of excellence, with public-private partnership funding.
  • Support major community centres dedicated to the repair, re-sale and responsible recycling of electronic waste and household goods, with public-private partnership funding.
  • Provide widely available container deposit schemes.
  • Encourage the recovery of embodied energy from appropriate low-risk waste while offsetting the use of non-renewable energy sources and avoiding methane emissions from landfill.

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