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Australia Ban on recyclable waste exports looms as political leaders commit to a phase out

05:55  17 february  2020
05:55  17 february  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Australia will work towards banning recyclable waste being exported overseas, with Scott Morrison telling state and territory leaders the nation must do everything in our remit to clean up the mess.

Australia will ban exports of recyclable waste as the prime minister demands the nation take responsibility for its rubbish. Leaders struck the deal at Today's council of Australian governments meeting in Cairns and will now work out a timetable to implement the change.

Political leaders from across the country have pledged to tackle plastic waste. (ABC News: Kathryn Diss)© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Political leaders from across the country have pledged to tackle plastic waste. (ABC News: Kathryn Diss) Australia will work towards banning recyclable waste being exported overseas, after a meeting of state, territory and federal leaders in Cairns.

The ban will not be immediate, with all levels of governments giving their environment ministers the role of figuring out a timeframe for plastics, paper, metals and glass to be taken out of the broader waste system.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison put his counterparts on notice last week, warning they had to do more to deal with rising amounts of recyclable waste ending up in landfill or being shipped offshore.

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Australia will work towards banning recyclable waste being exported overseas, after a meeting of state, territory and federal leaders in Cairns. Prime Minister Scott Morrison put his counterparts on notice last week, warning they had to do more to deal with rising amounts of recyclable waste ending

Ban on recyclable waste exports looms as political leaders commit to a phase out . Australian political leaders commit to working towards banning recyclable waste being exported overseas.

Last financial year, Australia exported close to 4.5 million tonnes of waste overseas — mainly to Asian nations — at a cost of about $2.8 billion to state and territory budgets.

Australia only recycles 12 percent of plastics, with the rest going into landfill.

In recent months, countries such as China, Malaysia and Indonesia have moved to ban developed countries sending contaminated rubbish in their direction.

"It's our waste, and it's our responsibility," Mr Morrison said in a post-meeting press conference.

"That's why I think setting a clear path forward as leaders — that we don't want to see this going into the ocean, that we don't want to see this go into waterways, and we'll do everything in our remit to achieve that goal — is a very important outcome."

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Australia will ban the export of recyclable waste from its shores, with a phase - out of the expensive and controversial practice beginning in July next year. Picture: Graham CrouchSource:News Corp Australia. Today’s agreement also committed to an ambitious waste reduction target under a new

Ban on recyclable waste exports looms as political leaders commit to a phase out . Australian political leaders commit to working towards banning recyclable waste being exported overseas.

The agreement included a commitment to examine how Australia could build its capacity to generate "high-value recycled commodities."

"We want to see waste not as a problem but as another person's treasure opportunity," Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

"And try and find as many jobs as possible in how we deal with this and the challenge the Prime Minister has set us."

The move was welcomed by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), which was also represented at COAG.

"We've got households right across the nation who do their best to make sure that they sort their waste out at home, put it in the right bin and their confidence of late has been dented when they've found out that their recycling is not being recycled as well as they'd hoped," ALGA president David O'Loughlin said.

"So we hope that this measure puts it firmly on the environment ministers' and the states and ourselves as well as the national government that we need to do better."

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Announcement ahead of Pacific visit

The announcement comes ahead of the Prime Minister heading to the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu.

Pacific nations have borne the brunt of the effects of climate change, as well as pollution from developed nations such as Australia washing up on their usually pristine coastlines.

Australia has copped criticism from its Pacific neighbours for not doing enough to combat climate change.

Political insiders expect this recycling announcement could form part of Mr Morrison's efforts to portray his nation as contributing to the environmental health of the region.

"It's certainly relevant to the discussion we have Pacific island leaders," Mr Morrison said.

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The COAG leaders also agreed to work together on a new vocational education strategy after the Prime Minister warned the system was "letting us down".

"We can do better in this space and I'm very confident we will," Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.

"We have to change the way TAFE and vocational education and non-university pathways are viewed. This is a first-class option, not anything less than that."

COAG also endorsed the final stage of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children and agreed to make mental health and suicide prevention a national priority.

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