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Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council

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a database o f possible NSW brandowners to reflect action undertaken by companies and to include new companies that are identified as being affected by the NEPM. The next phase of the NSW compliance program involves statutory notice provisions and possible prosecution. To this end, a fourth letter was sent to 128 businesses on 20 November 2002, which incorporated a notice to provide information under section 191 of the Protection o f the Environment Operations (POEO) Act 1997. It resulted in 12 new signatories and a further 11 commitments from businesses to join the Covenant. Most o f the remaining companies (approximately 100) were exempt from signing the Covenant because they are not brandowners, do not sell consumer packaging products, have less than 1% of market share or have ceased trading. Five of the contacted businesses advised that they would not sign the Covenant, despite being brandowners as defined under the IWRP. These businesses are generally small, and so were concerned about the costs and administrative resources needed to develop an action plan under the Covenant and monitor its progress. They have now been advised that they will need to comply with the IWRP provisions, which requires them to record data on the type and quantity o f packaging used and meet specified recovery rates. In the 2002-03 period, 14 non-compliant businesses were brought to the attention o f the EPA from the Covenant Council. These businesses have been actively pursued. Nine have now submitted compliant action plans and five have sought exemption from the packaging arrangements. Local councils in NSW collect data on kerbside recycling and have submitted their 2002-03 kerbside recycling reports to the NSW EPA. NSW EPA also undertook a survey of kerbside materials as required under the NEPM. The survey involved identifying the type, quantity and brandowners o f the materials in the random sample surveyed, and whether the brandowners are signatories to the National Packaging Covenant. The results o f this survey are reported in Part 4 below. New South Wales has developed appropriate mechanisms to implement the measure within the current NSW legislative framework. Recognising the importance of the Covenant/NEPM package in addressing post consumer packaging waste, additional resources have been allocated within NSW to ensure that adequate support is available for their implementation. New South Wales has also been actively participating in implementation and promotion o f the Covenant. New South Wales is represented on national and jurisdictional Covenant bodies including the Covenant Council, the national Kerbside Recycling Group and the NSW Jurisdictional Recycling Group. By regularly taking part in industry and public seminars and conferences, NSW is promoting the Covenant to a wider audience and alerting brandowners to the effects o f the NEPM should they choose not to participate in the Covenant. PART 3 - A S S ES S M E N T OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS_____________________________ During 2002-03 there was an increase in the number o f signatories to the Covenant from within NSW. As at 30 June 2003, NSW had 256 Covenant signatories. Responses to the mailouts to affected businesses indicate that the NEPM is effective in encouraging brandowners to jo in the Covenant. Only five small businesses to date have become subject to the IWRP. Non-compliant signatories have been actively pursued and all those who were not exempt from the Covenant have now submitted satisfactory action plans and met their Covenant requirements. PART 4 - REPORTING REQUIRED BY THE NEPM___________________________________ B ra n d o w n e rs R ecords Five brandowners in NSW have recently become subject to the NSW Industry Waste Reduction Plan for Used Packaging Materials because they chose not to join the Covenant. These businesses are required to collect and record data, including total weight o f consumer packaging sold, distributed or supplied, recovered, reused and recycled. As these brandowners have not been subject to the IWRP for a full collection reporting period, these records have not yet been supplied to the EPA. Im plem entation sum m ary and evaluation 206 N a tio n a l E n v iro n m en t P ro te c tio n C o u n cil a n n u a l r e p o r t 2 0 0 2 - 2 0 0 3

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