Queensland's new waste strategy
Queensland’s new Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy (PDF, 4.33MB), underpinned by a waste disposal levy, provides the strategic framework for Queensland to become a zero-waste society, where waste is avoided, reused and recycled to the greatest possible extent.
The strategy focuses on transitioning to the principles of a circular economy to help retain the value of material in the economy for as long as possible.
It provides the framework to help deliver coordinated, long-term and sustained growth for the recycling and resource recovery sector while reducing the amount of waste produced and ultimately disposed of, by promoting more sustainable waste management practices for business, industry and households.
To support Queensland’s transition to a less wasteful future the Queensland Government proposes to take the following key actions:
- Work with councils to raise awareness about locally-available recycling options.
- Deliver information and education programs that support waste avoidance, repurposing, reuse, recycling, and litter and illegal dumping prevention.
- Support councils to improve waste and recycling collection services and tackle problem wastes.
- Work with businesses to reduce excessive packaging and make packaging waste recyclable.
- Make government purchasing decisions that avoid waste and support products containing recycled materials.
- Support research into new uses and markets for recycled materials.
- Support infrastructure investment in locations to help improve community access to recycling.
The Community Summary (PDF, 3.01MB) provides simple actions to help Queenslanders reduce their own waste, boost recycling and reduce the impact of waste on the environment.
The draft Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy was released for public consultation over the period 13 February to 5 April 2019. The Consultation Report (PDF, 2.5MB) provides a summary of the feedback provided and how proposed changes have been addressed.
Development of the waste strategy
The strategy was developed through:
- consultation and input from the Recycling and Waste Management Stakeholder Advisory Group. View the Advisory Group’s Terms of Reference (PDF, 419KB).
- the outcome of public consultation in a Consultation Report (PDF, 128KB) detailing written responses to the Transforming Queensland’s Recycling and Waste Industry Directions Paper (PDF, 3.0MB) which included the formal review of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Productivity Strategy 2014–2024 (PDF, 350KB).
- comprehensive analysis and consultation undertaken by Queensland Treasury Corporation in preparing the report on Economic Opportunities for Queensland’s Waste Industry: final report (PDF, 3.2MB).
- modelling and appraisal of targets included in the draft strategy in the paper Key performance indicators for the Queensland Waste Strategy (PDF, 1.2MB) prepared by Queensland Treasury Corporation.
A report prepared by the Queensland Treasury Corporation that identifies opportunities for Queensland’s waste industry (PDF, 3.8MB) provides further context.