Australian Institute of Packaging reports that the communiqué released by Ministers following the EPHC meeting in Perth on 5 November highlighted agreement on a new national policy on waste and resource management. This new policy sets the agenda for waste and resource recovery in Australia over the next 10 years.
Consistent with the meetings strong focus on product stewardship “Ministers supported the strengthened Australian Packaging Covenant to replace the National Packaging Covenant due to expire on 30 June 2010. The updated Covenant has a greater focus on package design, workplace recycling, public recycling, and litter reduction projects.”
Ministers noted that the updated Covenant will build “on the success of the model over the last decade” and agreed to extend the existing arrangements by up to one year to allow a smooth transition. Ministers also noted that the new Covenant has a greater focus on the sustainable design on packaging and will also provide more investment in workplace recycling, public place recycling and litter reduction projects.
Ministers welcomed the leadership role shown by industry on the National Packaging Covenant.