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Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council

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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 176 U SE D P A C K A G IN G M A T E R IA L S N E PM PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION NEPM details Title: National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure. Commencement date: July 2005. NEPM goal (or purpose) The environment protection goal is established by clause 6 of this measure as follows: The goal of the Measure is to reduce environmental degradation arising from the disposal of used packaging and conserve virgin materials through the encouragement of re-use and recycling of used packaging materials by supporting and complementing the voluntary strategies in the National Packaging Covenant. Desired environmental outcomes The desired environmental outcomes from the combination of the Australian Packaging Covenant and the measure are to minimise the overall environmental impacts of packaging by pursuing the covenant performance goals: 1. Design: optimise packaging to use resources efficiently and reduce environmental impact without compromising product quality and safety. 2. Recycling: efficiently collect and recycle packaging. 3. Product stewardship: demonstrate commitment by all signatories. Evaluation criteria The National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure has been evaluated against the evaluation criteria for this NEPM. PART 2 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES Legislative, regulatory and administrative framework Table 1: Summary of implementation frameworks Jurisdiction Summary of implementation frameworks Commonwealth The Commonwealths implementing legislation applies only to its jurisdictional territories and to brand owner companies with over 50% government ownership such as Australia Post. New South Wales The NEPM is implemented by the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2005. Victoria The NEPM is implemented by the Waste Management Policy (Used Packaging Materials) 2006, under the Environment Protection Act 1970. Queensland The NEPM is implemented by the Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000. Western Australia The NEPM is implemented by the Environmental Protection (NEPM Used Packaging Materials) Regulations 2007 under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. South Australia The NEPM operates as an Environment Protection Policy under the Environment Protection Act 1993. Tasmania The NEPM is a State Policy under the State Policies and Projects Act 1993. The NEPM is implemented under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994. Australian Capital Territory The NEPM is implemented by the Industry Waste Reduction Plan under the Waste Minimisation Act 2001. Northern Territory The NEPM is implemented through declaration of environmental protection objectives under the Waste Managment and Pollution Control ACT 1998 (as in effect at 2011). Preparation of a NT waste stratedgy commenced in 2011. NEPC Report on the implementation of the Used Packaging Materials NEPM

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