National waste policy open for comment

By Staff Writer

Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett has invited comment on the draft National Waste Policy Framework.

He said Australian environment ministers were “moving towards avoiding waste and actively using it as a resource”.

“Under the leadership of the Australian Government the state and territory environment ministers will consider the new policy at their next meeting in November,” Garrett said.

“Community response to the discussion paper that paved the way for the development of this draft national policy framework has been very encouraging.

“Through a comprehensive submission and consultation process, we now have a strong picture of the key priorities that it needs to address.”

He said seven themes emerged from the consultations: taking responsibility; improving the market; pursuing sustainability; facilitating investment; reducing hazard; reporting on performance; and tailoring solutions.
“Receiving public comment on the draft framework is the next key step, and I encourage individuals, community groups, businesses, industry and governments to continue this dialogue on waste and resource recovery issues.”

Comments close July 31, 2009.

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