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Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019

The submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications in response to the Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019 (Bill) which is to amend the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Cth) was prepared by the Australian Environment and Planning Law Group (AEPLG) of the Law Council’s Legal Practice Section. 

The AEPLG understands that the Bill makes the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s 2025 National Packaging Targets mandatory and also emulates the European Union’s directive that bans or otherwise restricts the most problematic of single-use plastics (EU directive).

The AEPLG supports an approach to waste regulation that will reduce single-use plastics in the environment and facilitate resource recovery, particularly in light of concerns about the effectiveness of the National Packaging Covenant to meet Australia’s waste reduction and recycling targets going forward.

You can read the full submission below.

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