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Australia to ban the export of recyclable waste

DRAFT WASTE EXPORT BAN TIMELINE

* Glass by July 2020.

* Mixed plastics by July 2021.

* Tyres by December 2021.

* The rest by June 2022.

RECYCLING GOALS

* Recover at least 80 per cent of material across all waste streams.

* Ensure government uses more recycled materials in projects, for example in roads.

* Reduce the amount of organic (food) waste sent to landfill by half.

* Engineering standards to encourage the use of recycled materials in construction.

* Battery manufacturers will be urged to begin an industry-led recycling scheme.

CLIMATE CHANGE

* At the next meeting, the federal government has been tasked with explaining how its plan to reduce Australia’s emissions under the Paris agreement works.

BIODIVERSITY

* The ministers signed off on Australia’s Strategy for Nature 2019-2030.

* It covers three broad goals – connecting Australians with nature, caring for nature, as well as sharing and building knowledge.

* The ministers will work towards a national approach to limit the impacts of yabby nets, particularly on platypus.

FERAL CATS

* A new strategy to control feral cats is needed, with ministers to discuss the issue further at their next meeting.

* Feral cats kill about 459 million native Australian mammals, 596 million reptiles and 316 million birds every year.

HERITAGE SITE

* Murujugu, or the Burrup Peninsula, near Karratha in WA, will be put forward as a World Heritage site.

IVORY

* Ministers will look at ways to stamp out the domestic ivory and rhino horn trades.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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