About the document
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment commissioned The Centre for International Economics (The CIE) to undertake a market analysis to evaluate the costs and benefits of implementing the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) waste export ban. The analysis modelling assessed the following alternate scenarios relative to a base case with existing policy settings and no export ban:
- Export ban as defined by Environment Ministers in November 2019.
- Export ban with an exemption for clean paper and cardboard.
- Export ban with an exemption for whole tyres for re-treading.
- Export ban with an exemption for whole tyres for re-treading and an exemption for clean paper and cardboard.
The analysis also considers the risks and the initial risk mitigation activities. Information from this analysis was used to inform the COAG agreement on final timelines, definitions and response strategy for the banning of waste plastic, paper and cardboard, glass and tyres from export.
It is important to note that this market analysis was commissioned to better understand the cost and benefits of banning the export of waste plastic, paper and cardboard, glass and tyres, it did not model the impact of possible government interventions.