Queensland's waste and recycling strategy
The Queensland Waste Avoidance and Resource Productivity Strategy (2014–2024), outlines the many opportunities and challenges ahead for Queensland to improve its waste avoidance and recovery performance.
This industry-led strategy has been developed collaboratively with representatives from business and industry, the waste and resource recovery sector, local government, and community and environment groups.
The strategy provides a high-level vision and direction for Queensland over the next 10 years. The strategy’s vision is for Queensland to become a national leader in avoiding unnecessary consumption and waste generation—adopting innovative resource recovery approaches, and managing all products and materials as valuable and finite resources.
The strategy sets four main objectives, based around the waste and resource management hierarchy below.
The waste and resource management hierarchy
- Driving cultural change
All stakeholders recognise their role in meeting the vision of the waste strategy, and are informed and empowered to participate in achieving its goals and objectives
- Avoidance and minimisation
Queensland will realise all opportunities (environmental, economic and social) from maximising sustainable consumption and production
- Reuse, recovery and recycling
Queensland will optimise economic benefits from reuse, recovery and recycling
- Management, treatment and disposal
Queensland will reduce the impact of waste on human health and the environment through improved waste practices
The Queensland Plan
Consultation carried out as part of The Queensland Plan shows that Queenslanders believe that balancing environmental protection and economic development is a key priority. One of the proposed ways to measure our progress in this area is by addressing our rate of waste generation—and the new waste strategy will be the key to achieving this goal.
The 10-year waste and recycling strategy complements and supports The Queensland Plan, the government’s 30-year vision for the state.
Key features of the strategy include:
- targets for reducing waste generation and improving recycling rates
- recognition of the challenges and opportunities for regional areas of the state
- identification of Queensland’s priority wastes and areas for action
- implemention through action plans developed at government and sectoral level to achieve the objectives and priorities of the strategy.