Regulations need overhaul to get confidence back into market – Australia

Posted on September 7, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations


The conversation in terms of state and federal targets being set, and policies articulating the benefits of having a ‘circular economy’, genuinely admirable. However, not a word in any of these conversations is any form of acknowledgement about how fragmented the industry’s regulatory system is. The disconnect between federal and state regulation is wider today that it ever has been.


With respect to the recently introduced federal export waste bans, business owners already see evidence in the failure by federal regulators to enforce their own rules. Evidence exists where rorting of the reporting system is occurring and waste is being exported against the guidelines under different classifications, yet regulators with evidence presented still fail to act against those responsible.