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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 1 178 PART 3 JURISDICTIONAL REPORT ON ACTIVITIES UNDER THE NEPM The NEPM sets out the information that jurisdictions are required to report on. This information has been provided by jurisdictions in their individual reports listed in Part 5. The NEPM contributes to better environmental outcomes by providing a regulatory safety net for the Australian Packaging Covenant. Table 3: Australian Packaging Covenant signatories ACT 6 NSW 281 QLD 57 SA 43 TAS 18 VIC 218 WA 43 TOTAL 666 Kerbside recycling Local government authorities have continued to collect data on the composition of kerbside recycling waste streams. The amount and type of data collected in each jurisdiction vary and, therefore, no direct comparison between jurisdictions can be made. Further information is available in jurisdictional reports as listed in Part 5. Complaints, investigations and prosecutions No complaints, investigations or prosecutions were reported by any jurisdiction for the current reporting period. PART 4 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS At the end of June 2011, there were 666 covenant signatories, of which 658 were compliant. The Australian Packaging Covenant commenced on 1 July 2010. Previous signatories to the National Packaging Covenant did not automatically become signatories to the new covenant and were required to sign on to the new covenant. A reduction in the number of signatories during the reporting period is considered a consequence of the transition to the covenant. Following a transition period, jurisdictions were advised in April 2011 of which businesses may have been in breach of the covenant. There was therefore a reduced time period during which enforcement activities were undertaken. Jurisdictions also reported that some enforcement activity was delayed while administrative issues were resolved. Queensland advised that up to two previous signatories would follow the NEPM requirements instead of signing the covenant. The Northern Territory reported that the NEPM remains a less effective mechanism in that jurisdiction as the major contributors to the waste stream are brand-owners not based in the territory. PART 5 REPORTING ON IMPLEMENTATION BY JURISDICTIONS The annexes to this report are in Appendix 1. U SE D P A C K A G IN G M A T E R IA L S N E PM

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