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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2021) . . Page.. 1961 ..

It would be fair to say that everyone in this place comes into it with the hope of making positive change. I know I did, and I believe that this bill will make a difference and leave the world a little bit better off than it was before for so many people across Canberra by giving carers the recognition they have long gone without.

Debate (on motion by Ms Davidson) adjourned to the next sitting.


MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (3.13): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) as we transition off fossil fuel, we generate new waste streams such as general electrical appliances, solar PV panels and inverters and large batteries used to power EVs, buildings and grids;

(b) recycling arrangements have not kept pace with the rapid uptake of new technology;

(c) recycling costs are modest compared to the original purchase price with the primary cost typically comprising freight, making central and efficient collection essential;

(d) previous Assembly motions addressed some of these waste streams but did not result in recycling arrangements in the ACT;

(e) previous government responses indicated that there were no recycling providers operating on a commercial scale for these items, but the industry has since matured;

(f) the federal government advises that they are considering new national product stewardship schemes and have added large PV energy batteries to the work of the Battery Stewardship Council, but no new schemes have been announced;

(g) the Assembly was advised in June 2019 and November 2019 about progress on battery and solar panel recycling and told that recommendations would be made in the near future, but no new schemes have been announced; and

(h) the community, businesses and the recycling industry are ready to recycle now;

(2) further notes that:

(a) recycling operations in Australia that can recover solar, large battery and general electrical appliance waste include Access Recycling, Apple GiveBack, DropZone MRI, E-Cycle Solutions, Electronic Products Stewardship Australasia Sims, Envirostream, Lotus Energy, Mia Energia, Officeworks Bring IT Back, ReclaimPV, Relectrify, Sims E-Recycling, Solar Recovery Corporation, TechCollect, Tech Shed, WV Technologies;

(b) many of these recycling operations are looking for local government partners;

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