Australia 2021 Waste Plastic New Policy

Dec 15, 2020

Australia will permanently ban the exportation of domestic waste plastics from 2021.

Recently, Australian MP Trevor Evans revealed on social media that the Australian House of Representatives has passed the Recycling And Waste Reduction Bill 2020 (Recycling And Waste Reduction Bill 2020). This will prohibit Australia from exporting 40,000 containers of garbage overseas each year.

In the next step, the bill will enter the Senate deliberations. Once passed by the Senate, Australia will permanently ban the export of waste, including plastic, glass, paper and tires from January 1, 2021. This is Australia’s world-leading approach to environmental issues, which is to manage their own waste.

Member Evans commented that this is a great milestone for our environment and an important step taken by Australia in the next step. It is Australia's first recycling law! The new law will also promote a series of new recycling programs. Catalysts to manage the design and disposal of products at the end of their life cycle (called product management)

Through turbocharged product management, Australian consumers will be able to more easily recycle thousands of products that are currently in landfill. This will not only greatly reduce waste landfills, but will also create new green jobs and help the environment by recycling valuable resources in these products for reuse.

Prior to this, countries and regions such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union have all announced their own plastic restriction and ban laws. From a global perspective, plastic restriction is the general trend. Many countries have actively introduced "plastic bans" that are in line with local conditions. Policies have continued to increase. In order to comply with local environmental protection requirements, many brand companies have increasingly begun to explore traditions. Alternatives to plastics, and promised to use a certain percentage of recycled plastics in products, and use degradable plastics instead of ordinary plastics.

However, the price of recycled materials is higher than that of raw materials, and problems such as the inability of degradable plastics to truly degrade have also become problems that plague the entire plastic recycling industry. While the policy is being implemented, it is also necessary to ensure that recycled materials and degradable materials can successfully replace traditional plastics. Countries that implement plastic restrictions and bans have a long way to go.

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