COAG waste export ban

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Public consultation on the COAG waste export ban is closed.

On 9 August 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed Australia should:

  • establish a timetable to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres
  • build its capacity to generate high value recycled commodities and associated demand.

COAG’s agreement reflects rising concern in Australia and around the world about plastic pollution in our oceans. The steps to ensure exports of waste do not cause harm to human health and the environment.

On 8 November 2019, Commonwealth, state and territory Environment Ministers agreed to an export ban. It will cover waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres that have not been processed into a value-added material.

Find out more about the waste export ban.

How you had your say

We sought your feedback on:

  • Australia’s approach to implementing the export bans
  • when and how we should introduce the bans
  • support needed to implement them.

You gave feedback through an online survey.

Who engaged

103 people participated in the survey.

Most respondents were in New South Wales, followed by Victoria and Queensland.

55 submissions were from businesses. Their primary activities include collecting, sorting, processing, manufacturing, supplying and exporting in-scope materials.

Of these businesses:

  • 38 were primary collectors and recyclers across one or more in-scope materials streams
  • 10 were domestic manufacturers of products made from in-scope materials
  • 7 were involved in the export of in-scope materials.

24 peak bodies and industry associations made submissions on behalf of their members.

17 local councils and government bodies made submissions on behalf of their constituents.

7 individuals made a submission.

What you said

See all non-confidential, publicly available submissions.

Contact

Email coagwasteexportban@environment.gov.au

Public consultation on the COAG waste export ban is closed.

On 9 August 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed Australia should:

  • establish a timetable to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres
  • build its capacity to generate high value recycled commodities and associated demand.

COAG’s agreement reflects rising concern in Australia and around the world about plastic pollution in our oceans. The steps to ensure exports of waste do not cause harm to human health and the environment.

On 8 November 2019, Commonwealth, state and territory Environment Ministers agreed to an export ban. It will cover waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres that have not been processed into a value-added material.

Find out more about the waste export ban.

How you had your say

We sought your feedback on:

  • Australia’s approach to implementing the export bans
  • when and how we should introduce the bans
  • support needed to implement them.

You gave feedback through an online survey.

Who engaged

103 people participated in the survey.

Most respondents were in New South Wales, followed by Victoria and Queensland.

55 submissions were from businesses. Their primary activities include collecting, sorting, processing, manufacturing, supplying and exporting in-scope materials.

Of these businesses:

  • 38 were primary collectors and recyclers across one or more in-scope materials streams
  • 10 were domestic manufacturers of products made from in-scope materials
  • 7 were involved in the export of in-scope materials.

24 peak bodies and industry associations made submissions on behalf of their members.

17 local councils and government bodies made submissions on behalf of their constituents.

7 individuals made a submission.

What you said

See all non-confidential, publicly available submissions.

Contact

Email coagwasteexportban@environment.gov.au