ACOR welcomes new ministry

ACOR's Suzanne Toumbourou

Peak recycling body, the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) has welcomed the appointment of the Federal Government’s new ministry.

ACOR extended specific congratulations to Minister for Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen, and Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic.

ACOR, last March released its federal policy platform, Gearing up for a circular economy: actions to unleash a booming Australian recycling sector, which outlined measures to support the recycling sector, advance resource efficiency and encourage innovation.

The body also called for a dedicated Minister for Resource Recovery and the Circular Economy to drive circular economy outcomes.

Though no such appointment has eventuated, Suzanne Toumbourou, ACOR Chief Executive Officer, said the new government’s plans to support waste reduction, recycling, and sustainable manufacturing and jobs were integrally aligned with ACOR’s vision for a circular economy.

“By working with our industry, the new ministry has a unique opportunity to harness the Federal Government’s coordinating capacity to improve regulatory alignment for resource recover, whilst prioritising procurement of recycled materials through targets and incentives,” she said.

“We look forward to working with the Albanese Government to ensure a strong circular economy spurred by innovation, technology, employment and manufacturing, whilst delivering great environmental outcomes for all Australians.”

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