Waste claims by Morrison don’t match reality – AustraliaPosted on February 1, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
Scott Morrison claimed his government was reducing the impact of plastic waste in Australia, and in Western Australia. But the reality is the recycling rate for plastic packaging has fallen from 18 per cent to 16 per cent and the reincorporation of recycled plastic in new packaging, which is crucial if we are to move towards a circular economy, has fallen by a third.
“While the Morrison Government has been unwilling to acknowledge that its Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) voluntary scheme is ineffective, an Accenture report commissioned by APCO now states that some key 2025 targets will not be met,” said Wilson. “The APCO targets include ensuring that 70 per cent of plastic packaging is recycled by 2025 – whereas the latest data show the rate has fallen from 18 to 16 per cent, and even with improvements over the next three years Accenture projects that Australia will fail to achieve half the target. The target is also to achieve 20 per cent of recycled plastic within new packaging is way off track, which have fallen from four per cent to three per cent, and the Accenture report says this target will not be met by 2025.
There are no real surprises here. The 2025 goals were very unrealistic. The jump from current to required is far too big in such a short time. And the government should have known this and factored in their required actions industry must take. not leave it to a voluntary scheme. Almost all voluntary schemes make great announcement headlines but make no headlines when they fail which the all most inevitably do.