About the report
In November 2008, the Environment Protection and Heritage Council agreed to the development of national waste policy that:
- is consistent with the Australia’s international obligations;
- addresses the current ad hoc approach to waste governance and allows the Commonwealth to focus its efforts and deliver on matters where leadership and a national approach are needed, while recognising both the needs of industry and the community and the appropriate role for state and territory governments; and
- provides a coherent, efficient and environmentally responsible waste management policy for Australia that complements the Commonwealth's policies on climate change and sustainability.
The report forms part of a suite of research reports used to inform the National Waste Policy - Less waste, more resources.