Exposure Draft Recycling and Waste Reduction (Export – Waste Plastic) Rules 2021

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Draft rules for the export of waste plastic

Australians produce 74 million tonnes of waste per year. To reduce this problem, we are driving a billion-dollar change to improve the way we manage our waste in Australia.

The National Waste Policy Action Plan 2019 sets the agenda for waste reduction to 2030.

In March 2020, the Australian, state and territory governments, and the Australian Local Government Association agreed to regulate the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres.

The Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020, and the rules made under the Act, will regulate the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres. This legislation will reduce harm to the environment and human health by preventing waste being dumped or simply put in landfill overseas.

The rules for waste glass came into effect on 1 January 2021.

The rules for waste plastic are being implemented in 2 stages.

  • From 1 July 2021, waste plastic will need to be sorted into a single resin or polymer type before export.
  • From 1 July 2022, waste plastic will need to be further processed, for example into pellets or flakes, before export.

From 1 July 2021, processed engineered fuel that includes waste plastic will also need to meet certain requirements.

Previous consultation

Throughout 2020, we consulted on:

  • Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020
  • rules for waste glass
  • rules for product stewardship voluntary accredited schemes.

In February 2021, we conducted targeted consultation through a technical discussion paper on whether the waste glass rules could also work for waste plastics.

Contact us

This consultation is now closed.

Draft rules for the export of waste plastic

Australians produce 74 million tonnes of waste per year. To reduce this problem, we are driving a billion-dollar change to improve the way we manage our waste in Australia.

The National Waste Policy Action Plan 2019 sets the agenda for waste reduction to 2030.

In March 2020, the Australian, state and territory governments, and the Australian Local Government Association agreed to regulate the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres.

The Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020, and the rules made under the Act, will regulate the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres. This legislation will reduce harm to the environment and human health by preventing waste being dumped or simply put in landfill overseas.

The rules for waste glass came into effect on 1 January 2021.

The rules for waste plastic are being implemented in 2 stages.

  • From 1 July 2021, waste plastic will need to be sorted into a single resin or polymer type before export.
  • From 1 July 2022, waste plastic will need to be further processed, for example into pellets or flakes, before export.

From 1 July 2021, processed engineered fuel that includes waste plastic will also need to meet certain requirements.

Previous consultation

Throughout 2020, we consulted on:

  • Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020
  • rules for waste glass
  • rules for product stewardship voluntary accredited schemes.

In February 2021, we conducted targeted consultation through a technical discussion paper on whether the waste glass rules could also work for waste plastics.

Contact us