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AUS GOV combines with NWRIC, ACOR to improve industry practice

Two of Australia’s leading recycling and resource recovery organisations are collaborating with the Federal Government to improve industry standards and procedures to encourage landfill diversion.

The National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) and Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) will deliver a project each to reduce waste generated in Australia by 10 per cent per person by 2030.

The projects will also aim to increase the national resource recovery rate to 80 per cent by 2030 and increase the use of recycled content by the Federal Government and the waste industry.

These projects will be funded by the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, with the projects set to align to key targets in the National Waste Policy Action Plan.

The NWRIC will also be developing an up-to-date set of national performance standards for material recovery facilities nationally.

NWRIC CEO, Rose Read, said the specifications will be developed through consultation with end users and the recycling sector.

“The specifications will assist Australian recyclers meet market demands for recovered materials locally and overseas and improve the quality of recovered materials as tradeable commodities,” Read said.

“Through the project we are also looking to stimulate domestic re-use of recovered materials by improving market information which leads to greater confidence in the quality of recovered materials.”

ACOR will be developing national accreditation for Australian recyclers to support resource recovery and the circular economy.

The Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management Trevor Evans said both projects will help to support improved outcomes throughout the industry.

“Together, these projects contribute to the Australian Government’s national roadmap to improve the harmonisation of kerbside collections and resource recovery across Australia,” he said.

Both projects are set to be completed by October 2021.

 

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