Greens waste spokesperson, and Chair of the Senate Inquiry into Waste & Recycling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has welcomed the support of industry for the Senate Inquiry report tabled this week.
Senator Whish-Wilson said he “welcomes support for the Senate Inquiry report from industry, including the nation’s major industry body, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA).
“The Senate and industry agree on the blueprint to reboot recycling that the report lays out.
“The Federal Government has no excuse not to act. Minister Frydenberg should admit that inaction by his government has contributed to the recycling crisis, and that the response to the crisis requires all three levels of government to play their part.
“The Federal Government should be leading and coordinating, and should be setting national standards and national regulations.
“This should be done through a reinvigorated National Waste Policy, and should include the federal government establishing a national container deposit scheme and other mandatory product stewardship schemes, and national data standards.
“Josh Frydenberg should start acting on the recommendations of the Senate report today.
“50,000 people are employed in the waste and recycling industry. China’s decision to stop taking low-grade recycled material has thrown this industry, the original ‘green industry’, into disarray.
“Households right around Australia have been doing their bit. The industry is ready to go. We need government action now to protect our environment and to save people’s jobs,” he concluded.
Greens waste spokesperson, and Chair of the Senate Inquiry into Waste & Recycling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson