WMAA, ACOR call for inaugural Australian Circular Economy & Recycling Action Plan
4 April 2018
Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) and the
Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) have come together for
the betterment of the entire waste and resource recovery
industry to call on all Ministers, ahead of the Ministerial Council this
month, to work with industry in the development, and urgent
implementation of the inaugural Australian Circular Economy &
Recylcing Action Plan.
“It is absolutely
the case that the industry’s future direction is at an
important crossroads, with an opportunity to grow more
Australian-based manufacturing jobs, and actively build on the 20 years’
worth of environmental gains in Australia, however a concerted effort
at this critical point in time is required by all,” said Ms Gayle Sloan,
The Action Plan is
needed to build on respective State Governments’ shorter-term
actions to date to maintain the community’s confidence in
recycling services under the current unprecedented circumstances
brought about by China’s National Sword legislation.
and ACOR are advocating to the Federal Environment and Energy Minister,
Josh Frydenberg MP, and his State colleagues to work with industry to
pivot toward this new strategic direction to decouple the Australian
recycling and resource recovery industry from global markets.
$150 million national Action Plan would enable the 'three I's' that are
needed to re-boot recycling and kick-start the circular economy.
Investment in infrastructure and new markets; improvement of recyclate
material quality and recycling contracts, and; innovation in
positive purchasing of recycled content products by governments. We
need the Meeting of Environment Ministers in later April to decisively
act with leadership,” said Mr Peter Shmigel, ACOR CEO. “It is time to
transform the recycling and resource recovery industry so it can help
transform our economy to a more competitive, sustainable and circular
model that makes the best use of as many resources, including human
resources as possible in Australia.”
and ACOR have developed a list of priority actions that are required to
address this issue in the short term, and in the longer term to achieve
the structural changes required.
and ACOR have a united industry position on this important topic, and
are committed to working with government to ensure the success of the
Australian Circular Economy & Recycling Action Plan,” said Ms Sloan.