Media Release:

The Greens Waste & Recycling spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomed the release today of the Australian Council of Recyclers’ (ACOR’s) 10-point plan for results-based recycling.

“Australia’s recycling industry is in crisis. Decades of complacency at all levels of government have got us to this point. The response must be holistic and it must force changes all the way through the supply chain.

“I recently chaired a Senate inquiry that handed down a unanimous report and that included a comprehensive set of recommendations detailing how government needs to respond to this crisis.

“The similarities between the Senate inquiry report and ACOR’s 10-point plan reflect the level of consensus among industry and environment groups on what needs to be done.

“In particular, I welcome the inclusion in ACOR’s plan regarding the use of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) as a vehicle to fund additional investment in recycling, as proposed by the Greens. Using the CEFC will ensure that investment in recycling is prioritised to achieve greenhouse gas reductions through the recovery of embodied energy.

“I also welcome the inclusion in ACOR’s plan of a greater emphasis product stewardship schemes to improve the quantity and quality of material collected for recycling. From container deposit schemes through to e-waste recycling, product stewardship is a proven way to fund high quality recycling.

“However, I remain concerned that energy-from-waste proposals have been prioritised in ACOR’s plan. Incineration is not the solution to recycling and it will only help entrench our current approach to waste, the approach that got us into the problem in the first place,” he concluded.

Senate Inquiry report into waste and recycling in Australia: link here.

Greens’ plan to reboot recycling: link here

ACOR plan: link here (pdf)