The Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans MP, was in Sydney today to address leaders from across the waste and recycling industry at the Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo.
As the first ever Minister with specific responsibility for waste reduction and recycling, Mr Evans highlighted the Morrison Government’s strong commitment to driving the growth of Australia’s domestic capacity to process and recycle our own waste, and build demand for utilising recycled materials.
“Next week, all of Australia’s Environment Ministers will be meeting in Adelaide to decide on a timetable to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres,” Mr Evans said.
“Australia is ready to become a world-leader in recycling, innovation and waste reduction. In the longer-term, instead of exporting waste we want to be exporting Australian innovation, technology and recycling know-how.
“This transformation will not only create jobs in key areas around Australia, particularly in regional communities and in the outer suburbs of our cities, but will also help improve the environment in practical and meaningful ways”.
Mr Evans said the Morrison Government will continue to work with all jurisdictions to help drive a more harmonised, national approach to the challenges in this policy area, to strengthen the viability and size of the waste and recycling industry here in Australia.
“Growing jobs and innovation in this industry is a huge opportunity for Australia to seize, and all levels of government, industry, communities and individuals have a role to play in implementing the recycling revolution”.