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Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017


Monday, 19 June 2017

Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017

On 14 May 2017 the Hon Dr Steven Miles MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef introduced the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017 into the Queensland Parliament.  The Bill was referred to the Agriculture and Environment Committee for detailed consideration. The committee is due to report on the Bill by Friday 11 August 2017.

The Bill amends the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011.

The objectives of the Bill are to:

  • provide a head of power for the introduction of a:
    • lightweight plastic shopping bag ban;
    • container refund scheme for Queensland; and
  • amend provisions in relation to End of Waste Codes to:
    • enable greater control on the use of end of waste resources, when necessary, to reduce the potential for environmental harm; and
    • streamline and clarify administrative arrangements for end of waste approvals.

 A copy of the Bill, explanatory notes and timeline are available from the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Council.

Submissions from interested stakeholders can be made to the Agriculture and Environment Committee on or before 5pm, Monday 3 July 2017.

The LGAQ will be making a submission to the committee and is seeking your input into this matter. If you wish your comments to be included in the LGAQ submission can you please advise the LGAQ contact, Robert Ferguson, Senior Advisor - Environmental and Public Health via email on by Monday 26 June 2017.

Alternatively, if you wish to discuss this matter you can contact Robert Ferguson on 1300 542 700.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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