Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council
Tabled paper 1729
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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 1218 V ic U SE D P A C K A G IN G M A T E R IA L S Victoria Report to the NEPC on the implementation of the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure for Victoria by the Hon. Ryan Smith, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, for the reporting year ended 30 June 2011. Late in 2010, administrative issues were identified with the registration of the 2005 and mid-2010 minor variations to the Used Packaging Materials NEPM which could call into question the validity of the NEPM. In order to put the question of validity beyond doubt and provide certainty to the packaging industry, the NEPM is being re-made. On 16 September 2011, NEPC approved the making of a new NEPM. Accordingly, the Victorian WMP (Used Packaging Materials) will now need to be re-made. Recovery data Clause 18 of the Used Packaging Materials NEPM requires jurisdictions to carry out surveys of packaged products (brand owner surveys) to ascertain the effectiveness of the measure in preventing free riding. A brand owner survey was commenced in May 2011. Supporting data As noted above, a brand owner survey was commenced in May 2011. Complaints, investigations and prosecutions No complaints were received during the reporting period. Statement of interpretation of the information Nil. PART 1 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES There were no implementation issues arising in 201011. PART 2 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS The primary purpose of the Used Packaging Materials NEPM is to establish a statutory basis for ensuring that signatories to the Packaging Covenant are not competitively disadvantaged in the marketplace by fulfilling their commitments under the Covenant. The National Packaging Covenant expired on 30 June 2010, and was replaced by the Australian Packaging Covenant from 1 July 2010. Previous signatories to the National Packaging Covenant did not automatically become signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant. Instead, they have been required to re-sign. In 201011, the Secretariat of the Covenant took lead responsibility for approaching brand owners to encourage them to become signatories to the new version of the Covenant. By 30 June 2011, there were 218 Victorian signatories, including 184 brand owners registered in Victoria. In 201112, the Secretariat of the Covenant will refer non-signatory brand owners and non-compliant signatory brand owners to jurisdictions. This is done in line with compliance procedures set out in Schedule 3 of the Australian Packaging Covenant. EPA will recommence its contact with brand owners in 201112. Reporting Year Number of Victorian signatories to the Packaging Covenant 200910 (30 June 2010) 264 201011 (30 June 2011) 218 In Victoria, the Used Packaging Materials NEPM is implemented through the Waste Management Policy (WMP) (Used Packaging Materials), a statutory policy made under the Victorian Environment Protection Act 1970. A new version of the Victorian WMP (Used Packaging Materials) was gazetted on 28 October 2010. It was made to align with the mid-2010 minor variation to the Used Packaging Materials NEPM.
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