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Government's bill a waste without plastics and packaging reform

Due for Senate debate this week, the Government's Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill has now been delayed until at least November. This allows more time for stakeholder and community input, as well as constructive cross-party negotiations on amendments to improve a once-in-a-generation opportunity for legislative reform that builds a circular economy and protects our oceans. 
 

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Plastics hearing reveals decades of flawed recycling policy

Witnesses today outlined their frustration with decades-long recycling policy failure in today’s hearing into the Packaging and Plastics Bill 2019.
 
Greens Waste and Recycling spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, tabled the bill last year where it was referred to an inquiry. This is the first hearing for the inquiry.
 
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “What we’ve heard loud and clear this morning  is that we need substantial action in tackling the recycling crisis in line with what we see from governments overseas.

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Recycling plan another waste of an opportunity

Greens Waste and Recycling spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, comments on today's announcement of a 'Recycling Modernisation Plan,' highlighting yet another wasted opportunity to fix the recycling crisis as well as the plastics that are polluting our oceans.
 
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “After three years of sitting on its hands, the Government has finally moved to fix the recycling crisis - unfortunately, today's initiative just won't work.
 
“All the money in the world isn’t going to fix the waste crisis if we don’t improve the way we recycle.
 

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Greens urge Labor to go further on waste plan

Waste & Recycling spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today welcomed Labor’s new commitment to tackling Australia’s waste crisis but urged them to go further. 

“After more than 10 years of gathering dust under successive Labor and Liberal Governments, the Greens welcome Labor’s new commitment to kickstarting parts of the 2009 National Waste Plan.

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WWF dire plastic pollution predictions could be avoided

Greens spokesperson for Waste & Recycling and Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says dire predictions from WWF that plastic pollution is set to double by 2030 could be avoided with federal legislation.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Australia’s recycling industry is in crisis and plastic pollution is choking our oceans. 

 

"Enacting federal legislation with real teeth and achievable recycling and packaging targets will provide a national framework for local councils and state governments to enforce.

 

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Greens welcome report confirming container deposit scheme benefits

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "The evidence is out there that container deposit schemes are crucial to a healthy recycling system, and would help end Australia’s recycling crisis, but still both the Victorian and Tasmanian Governments remain opposed to them.

 

"Container deposit schemes are a massive benefit that would reduce the plastic pollution that is choking our oceans, improve recycling, create jobs and return money to individuals and community groups.

 

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Federal Government's inaction on recycling, a waste of time

Greens Waste & Recycling spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says urgent federal action is needed to end Australia’s recycling crisis and stop recycling going to landfill in Victoria.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Several years ago China announced it would stop taking Australia’s low-quality waste and the waste industry accepted it faced a major national crisis.

"Major stakeholders across the waste industry called for urgent action, immediate funding and Federal Government leadership, if this crisis was to be avoided.

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2018 in Review

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Greens welcome EU single-use plastics ban

Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today welcomed the announcement by the European Union to ban a range of single-use plastics by 2021.

“Our oceans are choking on plastic and just this week we’ve had confirmed that microplastics are now ubiquitous within the human body.

“This is a problem of immense proportions that has been a long time coming.

“For too long, government has stepped aside and allowed the industry who profits off the proliferation of plastic to avoid taking responsibility.

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Statement from the Greens on Ian Kiernan

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