Parliament launches inquiry into waste and recycling industries

Parliament launches inquiry into waste and recycling industries

The House Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources has launched an inquiry into Australia’s waste management and recycling industries.

Committee Chair Barnaby Joyce said the inquiry will examine different processes within Australia and compare them to international best practice.

“The committee will investigate innovative ways to reduce the millions of tonnes of waste discarded in landfill and waterways in Australia each year,” Mr Joyce said.

“Improving waste management and recycling in Australia not only provides for a cleaner and more sustainable environment, but also presents a range of economic opportunities.”

According to a Parliament of Australia statement, the committee will consider opportunities to better manage industrial, commercial and domestic waste, as well as any current impediments to innovation in those sectors.

Strategies to reduce waste in waterways and oceans will also be examined.

“The committee would like to hear from interested people, organisations and agencies working to reduce, reuse and recycle waste in Australia,” the statement reads.

Submissions to the inquiry should be received by 31 January 2020.

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