In August 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed that Australia should establish a timetable to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres.
In November 2019, Commonwealth, state and territory Environment Ministers agreed that waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres that have not been processed into value-added materials should be banned from export from Australia as follows:
- All waste glass by July 2020;
- Mixed waste plastics by July 2021;
- Tyres by December 2021; and
- Remaining waste products by June 2022.
Consultation on the COAG waste export ban discussion paper commenced in November 2019 and closed on 3 December 2019. As part of the consultation process, the LGA participated in an industry roundtable on these proposals. Further information on the COAG waste export ban consultation process to date is available here.
The LGA provided a submission to the initial consultation process based on previously established policy positions. The first recommendation of this submission was that the Australian Government commit to undertaking a Regulatory Impact Statement to identify the impacts of the ban on all levels of government, industry and the community.
The LGA received further details on the definitions of materials to be included in the bans in late December 2019. At this stage, it appears that the export of mixed paper and cardboard will be banned from 2022.
In preparation for a final COAG decision, the department of Environment and Energy has released a COAG consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS). The purpose of a consultation RIS is to canvass industry and other interested stakeholders’ views on the regulatory options under consideration to determine the relative costs and benefits of those options. The consultation RIS is available here.
The LGA is interested in any feedback and data that councils may have regarding the potential impacts of the proposed ban to inform the LGA submission on the RIS. Please provide any information or comments to Brianna McGee by 17 January 2020.