Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council
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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 221 Q ld U SE D PA C K A G IN G M A T E R IA L S Queensland Report to the NEPC on the implementation of the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure for Queensland by the Hon. Vicky Darling MP, Minister for Environment, for the reporting year ended 30 June 2011. Implementation issues The changeover from the National Packaging Covenant (NPC) to the Australian Packaging Covenant (the covenant) during this reporting year presented some NEPM implementation issues due to administrative changes and the finalisation of the new covenant: A 201011 funding round for new covenant projects was not undertaken. However, in September 2010 the Queensland Government and the Covenant Secretariat entered into a funding agreement with the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council to support a project introducing kerbside recycling and undertake resource recovery in Cherbourg. Implementation activities During the reporting period the Queensland Government continued to support the achievement of the NEPM goals by: raising awareness of the NEPM and the covenant through presentations to industry and signatories, and meetings with individual companies. In particular DERM conducted a site visit to the Good Guys, Capalaba, to assist in the implementation of a zero waste company project, which included innovative used packaging material recycling processes actively contributing to, and supporting, the administration processes of the new Australian Packaging Covenant developing a new four year Action Plan, the first under the new covenant, demonstrating how the Queensland Government intends to promote covenant principles, undertakings and signatory benefits, and work with other signatories to achieve covenant targets implementing projects that support the promotion and undertaking of recycling used packaging materials by consumers in an away-from-home context, specifically in Queensland schools and shopping centres. No new projects relevant to the NEPM were initiated in the last reporting year due to the changeover from the National Packaging Covenant to the Australian Packaging Covenant. However, there are currently a number of ongoing Queensland and national projects supporting the aim of the NEPM, as well as several that have been successfully completed during this reporting period. PART 1 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES Legislative, regulatory and administration framework The Queensland legislative provisions relating to the management of used packaging are contained in the Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000, administered by the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM). This regulation was extended to the end of August 2011 in order to ensure continued regulatory support for the Australian Packaging Covenant (the covenant) and to give effect to the provisions of the NEPM (Used Packaging Materials). Under the Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000, Part B, Used Packaging Materials, local governments undertaking kerbside recycling services are required to provide data on recycling in their jurisdiction. DERM coordinates the collection and compilation of this data for Queensland. Implementation of the NEPM Queensland facilitates product stewardship by promoting the covenant as a more flexible and appealing option for businesses than the NEPM (Used Packaging Materials), with additional benefits that come by undertaking actions to improve management of packaging under a companys Covenant Action Plan, together with the information and networking benefits. Queensland also ensures enforcement of legislation to implement the NEPM (Used Packaging Materials) by taking compliance action against non-signatories referred by the Covenant Secretariat, or identified by other signatories or by informal investigation of brand owners in the marketplace. As part of the routine process to determine brand owners who are not signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant, each state undertakes a brand owner survey in their jurisdiction using a methodology agreed by all jurisdictions. The survey requires each jurisdiction to gather product information from the retail sector, using the Australian Bureau of Statistics categories of Food Retailing, Department Stores, Clothing and Soft Goods Retailing, Household Goods Retailing, Recreational Goods Retailing, Hospitability and Services, and Other Retailing. This year it is the responsibility of Queensland to survey the Hospitality and Services sector. This survey has not yet been completed for the 201011 reporting period; as such, the results of this survey will be presented in the 2012 annual NEPM report.
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