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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 July 2019) . . Page.. 2454 ..


adjourn the debate, which would have allowed it to be put back in private members’ orders of the day—as we have done, even though it is not good, standard practice—so that it could be listed through admin and procedure. It was not ideal. The Clerk has provided a remedy that has put it back on the notice paper so that it can come on through admin and procedure listing it for a private members’ day at another time.

Waste—recycling innovation

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (10.05): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Centre for International Economics Report Headline economic value for waste and materials efficiency in Australia recognises the benefits of a circular economy in creating new industries, markets and products, and leading to new revenue streams and creation of jobs;

(b) principle 3 of the 2018 National Waste Policy is “increase use of recycled material and build demand and markets for recycled products”;

(c) the ACT Government has an ambitious goal of achieving 90 percent of waste being diverted from landfill by 2025;

(d) recommendation 1.5 of the Waste Feasibility Study was for the ACT Government to “identify and facilitate market development for materials that are currently sent to landfill”;

(e) the ACT Government’s continuing work on developing a procurement model for mandated recycled content in the resurfacing of all roads in the ACT and any new road pavement;

(f) the “China Sword” policy and similar suspensions of the import of plastic materials around the world has had a significant effect on the viability of the plastics recycling market in Australia;

(g) there are challenging conditions in the market for the recycling of glass, highlighted by the ABC’s Four Corners program;

(h) around 45 000 tonnes of timber is landfilled annually in the ACT;

(i) around two-thirds of all textiles in Australia end up in landfill; and

(j) re-using and recycling creates around 9.2 jobs per 10 000 tonnes of waste compared with 2.8 jobs per 10 000 tonnes of waste sent to landfill; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) direct the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment to undertake a public investigation into innovative ways to grow the recycling and waste reduction industry in Canberra and report by July 2020;

(b) include within the terms of reference of the investigation:

(i) opportunities for the creation of sustainable, secure jobs within the recycling and waste reduction industry in the ACT;

(ii) opportunities for artisans, craftspeople and not-for-profits to work with and support the recycling and waste reduction industry in the ACT;


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