Members of the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) have met in Canberra, along with representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.
The meeting discussed State and Federal Government programs and policies as well as NWRIC’s current progress on its recovered materials project.
NWRIC CEO Rose Read said the meeting was essential to note updates with key stakeholders.
“Departmental representatives provided information on the progress of the Waste Export Bans and the Recycling Modernisation Fund, as well as actions to drive greater government procurement of recycled materials and food waste for healthy soils off the back of the recent Federal budget,” Read said.
PFAS and the Waste to Energy policy areas were also a focus of the discussions, which featured input from the Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction Trevor Evans.
“PFAS has been the subject of much debate within industry about the best way forward, with NWRIC calling for harmonisation when it comes to states implementing the National Environmental Management Plan,” Read explained.
“It was agreed that the Department and members would meet later in June to specifically discuss the challenges PFAS is presenting to business operations.”