Feedback sought on NT circular economy strategy

Circular economy strategy

The Northern Territory Government is inviting feedback on two key measures of its circular economy strategy aimed at protecting the environment and supporting jobs.

Discussion papers released on March 8, 2023, seek public comment on expanding and improving the Container Deposit Scheme, and steps to phase out problematic single-use plastics (SUPs) such as straws, plastic bags, utensils, microbeads, and expanded polystyrene (EPS) products.

Lauren Moss, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Security said the environment in the NT is one of the reasons people want to live there so it should be protected.

“Improving and expanding our Container Deposit Scheme and reducing the number of plastics in landfills will help to protect the environment from harm, which is why we are taking action now for the sake of future generations,” Moss said.

Moss stated that the circular economy strategy complements the NT Government’s commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste into a valuable resource.

She said a priority of the changes is to provide certainty for industry, and consistency across all jurisdictions.

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