Discussion paper for National Waste Policy released

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The Federal Government has released a discussion paper: Draft National Waste Policy Framework - less waste more resources for public comment to help inform the development of the National Waste Policy framework.

The draft Framework includes aims, a vision, principles, themes and key directions for change. These themes, key directions for change and their underlying principles encompass the views put forward by participants during the consultation process.?

The purpose of the National Waste Policy is to build on the 1992 National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development to set objectives and priorities for at least the next 10 years by articulating the respective roles of governments. The National Waste Policy will deliver leadership and a national approach where it is needed by providing the basis for collaboration between the jurisdictions, effective and efficient approaches to domestic waste issues and ensuring that waste management remains aligned with Australia’s international obligations. The policy seeks to complement action to deliver emission reductions, reduce energy and water use, support jobs and invest in future long term economic growth. The National Waste Policy will be a policy of all Australian governments, endorsed by environment ministers and the Australian Local Government Association.

This paper sets out:

- a timeline for development of the National Waste Policy?

- an invitation for stakeholders to comment on the draft framework and contribute ideas on possible strategies and actions?

- the context which has informed the draft framework including a summary of key issues raised during the consultation process that stakeholders may wish to consider in preparing their comments on the draft framework?

- a Draft National Waste Policy Framework which proposes aims, a vision, principles, themes and key directions.

Comments are being sought from individuals, community groups, businesses, industry and governments on the draft Framework. This includes ideas on priority strategies and actions that could effect improvements in one or more of the key directions identified in the draft Framework.

Submissions are required by July 31, 2009.

To view the discussion paper go to http://www.environment.gov.au/wastepolicy/consultation/index.html