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Australians recycle more, care less about the environment

New findings from Roy Morgan Research for Recycling Week suggests that Australians do not necessarily identify as environmentalists, despite being keen recyclers.

As of September this year, nearly 18 million people - or 91.1% of the population - have admitted to recycling waste, with women (91.8%) slightly more than men (90.4%)

But as the recycling rate has grown in the last 15 years, only 63.2% of Australians say they are concerned for the environment, down from 68.8% in 2001.

Changes to Victoria waste codes take effect

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria has announced amendments to the state’s waste regulations.

The changes embed waste codes and clarify provisions in the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Amendment Regulations 2016 concerning beneficial reuse, which were made on 22 November 2016. 

The EPA introduced beneficial reuse tools as a support in cases where waste can be used as a raw material or as a component in industrial or commercial processes.

Consultations on SA waste bill amendments close

South Australia has concluded public consultations on proposed amendments to the Environment Protection Act 1993.

The state government will now take all feedback into consideration in drafting the amended bill, which proposes to expand the range of punishable offences, place limits on waste stockpiling, impose harsher sentences on waste-related activities and widen financial assurances.

EPA presents draft waste reform bill for review

Environment Protection Authority (EPA) South Australia is conducting public consultations over its draft waste reform bill.

The Environment Protection (Waste Reform) Amendment Bill 2016 aims to bolster EPA SA’s efforts to track illegal dumping, as well as achieving waste reforms to provide further investments and employment opportunities in South Australia. 

As part of the bill, policy options for addressing the following issues were considered;

  • Static or growing stockpiles

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