The draft of an Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry National Waste Roadmap has been released for consultation until the end of July.
AgriFutures Australia is working with consultancy group RMCG on the Pre-Farm Gate Waste Program, which aims to align Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors with the National Waste Policy.
The draft roadmap, released as part of the program, outlines the opportunities for the sectors’ involvement in addressing waste issues, which are often exacerbated by logistical and geographical challenges.
The draft roadmap identifies the diverse waste streams generated by the agriculture, fisheries, and forestry industries, and proposes short and long-term solutions to address problems caused by their use.
Problem waste includes hard and soft plastics used in field production, greenhouses and produce storage; organic matter such as manure, animal mortalities and product loss; and workshop waste, including machinery, fencing, oils, tyres and batteries.
The roadmap details a series of approaches to moving up the waste hierarchy through a combination of behaviour change, knowledge, partnerships, and research and development.
Comments and feedback on the draft roadmap are welcomed until the end of July through a survey, available here.