The Australian federal government is rapidly pushing forward to reveal greater target benchmarks for the waste industry, which will require all territories and states across the country to spend a part of their budgets in procurement to recycle materials to be used in public projects.
Trevor Evans, the new Australian waste reduction minister is the first official to hold the office at a federal level. He made a statement saying that he would push for agreements from environment ministers from the different states and territories to initiate the targets during their next meeting, which is expected before the year ends.
The development is largely aimed to kickstart a locally based commercial market for the waste generated in Australia, in response to the growing crisis in the waste management sector, following China’s decision to stop importing plastic recyclables. China’s decision has also pushed other countries in South-east Asia to reject waste coming out of Australia.
In a statement to the press, Trevor Evans said that the larger targets of recyclable waste procurement would be supported by the government through financial aid from the commonwealth, which will be largely used to support the nascent recycling manufacturing industry.
Targets to be aided by Australian $100 Billion Infrastructure Program
While Evans did not nominate the target, he has stated that the target needs to be adequate enough to push off the manufacturing sector, and would probably deal with the growing stockpiles of recyclables that have been accumulating, because of a lack of willing buyers. Evans said: “I would like to see all of the states and the commonwealth agree that by X date, X percentage of their significant procurement programs will be made of recycled materials.”
The push for recycling targets have come about as the federal government of Australia has been working towards their infrastructure development program worth AUD 100 billion, which is scheduled to take place in the coming decade, of which more than 40 billion has been earmarked for the next 4 years. After the target is set the state governments would have control over determining the projects that they need to prioritize in this endeavor.