Report of the Third Review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts (Commonwealth State and Territory) December 2012 National Environment Protection Council Response to the Report of the Third Review of the National Protection Council Acts
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87 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 The annual reporting information does not add value over that achieved by the National Pollutant Inventory database and there is no value in the current system of annual individual jurisdictional reports. USED PACKAGING MATERIALS NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE The Used Packaging Materials National Environment Protection Measure requires each jurisdiction to provide information collected from brand owners, local government and surveys. The National Environment Protection Council has presented the local government data for 201112 on its website rather than in the annual report. In addition to National Environment Protection Measure reporting by jurisdictions, the Australian Packaging Covenant requires evaluation and reporting annually on achievements against covenant goals, overarching targets and key performance indicators. There must be reporting on issues affecting the covenant, performance of covenant signatories and overall management of the covenant. The reports are presented to the Standing Council on Environment and Water. The primary purpose of the Used Packaging Materials National Environment Protection Measure is to create the regulatory underpinning as part of the coregulatory approach for the Australian Packaging Covenant. Reporting under the covenant is used by the Australian Packaging Covenant Council to guide covenant programs and actions. Information collected under the National Environment Protection Measure in relation to recycling services by local government and brand owner surveys is used by jurisdictions to guide compliance activities and by the Australian Packaging Covenant Council in assessing overall performance and decisions about programs. Nationally consistent waste and recycling data is not available, so it is difficult to accurately compare performance between states. The methodologies used by each jurisdiction to compile figures for waste diverted from landfill to recycling are different. However, the information collected is needed to understand the overall performance in relation to packaging. The challenge is to ensure streamlining with other data collection.