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Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council

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Title

Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council

Other title

Tabled paper 1729

Collection

Tabled papers for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2012-02-22

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Deemed paper

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Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/280788

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/415586

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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 1236 A C T U SE D P A C K A G IN G M A T E R IA L S Australian Capital Territory Report to the NEPC on the implementation of the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure for the Australian Capital Territory by Simon Corbell MLA, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, for the reporting year ended 30 June 2011. of waste avoidance and the reuse and recycling of used packaging material by supporting and complementing the voluntary strategies in the APC and by assisting the assessment of the performance of the APC. The plan aims to ensure that covenant signatories are not competitively disadvantaged in the ACT marketplace. Implementation issues arising The ACT brand owners of packaging were initially advised of their obligation to either join the APC or comply with the requirements of the NEMP. The ACT brand owners who chose not to join the voluntary APC are regulated by the IWRP. PART 2 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS The IWRP imposes greater responsibility for consumer packaging waste and other waste associated with used consumer packaging in the ACT to ensure that the Territory has no free riders who refuse to take up their responsibility to reduce waste from packaging. Additionally, under the IWRP, brand owners must demonstrate that reasonable steps have been taken to ensure that customers are adequately advised as to how the packaging is to be recovered. There has been no movement in ACT signatories, with the exception of one signatory, who was deemed noncompliant in September 2009 but has since been reinstated in June 10 after completing its overdue requirement. Reporting year Number of covenant signatories 200910 8* 201011 6 *This figure was incorrectly reported last year and this is the correct figure. Recovery data Under the IWRP, brand owners must demonstrate that reasonable steps have been taken to ensure that customers are adequately advised as to how the packaging is to be recovered. The ACTSmart Office and Business Recycling programs provide assistance and accreditation to businesses and offices in the ACT to encourage and support the adoption of efficient waste management and recycling. The programs focus on encouraging participants to improve the way they deal with their waste, to redirect waste away from landfill. PART 1 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES NEPM details Title: National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure. Made by Council: 2 July 1999. Commencement date: 14 July 1999 (advertised in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, no. GN 28, 14 July 1999, p. 2114). NEPM goal (or purpose) The environment protection goal is established in clause 6 of this measure as follows: 6. National Environment Protection Goal The goal of the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure (the NEPM) is to reduce environmental degradation arising from the disposal of used packaging and conserve virgin materials through the encouragement of reuse and recycling of used packaging materials by supporting and complementing the voluntary strategies in the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC). Desired environmental outcomes The desired environmental outcomes from the combination of the APC and the NEPM are to optimise resource use and recovery and encourage the conservation of virgin materials. Legislative, regulatory and administrative framework The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate has responsibility for the implementation and administration of the NEPM while the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate is responsible for the operational aspects of the NEPM. The Used Packaging Materials Industry Waste Reduction Plan (IWPR) was approved in November 2006 as an instrument developed under the ACT Waste Minimisation Act 2001 to implement the NEPM requirements in the ACT. The IWRP Instrument was updated on 22 April 2010 to ensure that the regulatory arrangements reflect the ACTs commitments made through the Standing Council on Environment and Water. The goal of this plan is to reduce environmental degradation arising from the disposal of used packaging and conserve virgin materials through the encouragement


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