Draft South Australia's Waste Strategy 2020-2025

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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 18 June to 28 August 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.


Have your say on the draft Waste strategy to help build on South Australia's achievements in recycling, resource recovery and transitioning to the circular economy.

What's being decided?

We are seeking feedback on the Evaluation of South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2015-2020 and Draft South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2020-2025: A Vision for a Circular Economy (draft Waste Strategy)

The Draft Waste Strategy consists of two parts:

Consultation Process


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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 18 June to 28 August 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.


Have your say on the draft Waste strategy to help build on South Australia's achievements in recycling, resource recovery and transitioning to the circular economy.

What's being decided?

We are seeking feedback on the Evaluation of South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2015-2020 and Draft South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2020-2025: A Vision for a Circular Economy (draft Waste Strategy)

The Draft Waste Strategy consists of two parts:

  • Part 1 - Evaluates progress and achievements in meeting South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2015-2020.
  • Part 2 - Identifies proposed directions for South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2020-2025.

The strategy proposes targets, objectives and actions to achieve positive environmental outcomes while building the local industry and creating business opportunities locally and overseas.

New directions are identified for food waste, single-use plastics, regulatory waste reforms, education and behaviour change and supporting market development through infrastructure investment and other measures.

Our main goal is to support South Australia’s transition to a circular economy to make the state a national centre for reuse, remanufacturing, recycling and composting.

Get involved

To provide your feedback, read the Draft Waste Strategy and Draft Waste Strategy summary and have your say by:

Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by Green Industries SA. Submissions will be treated as public documents unless received in confidence. They may be quoted in full or part in subsequent Green Industries SA reports. If you do not want the public to read your answers, please write ‘confidential’ on your submission.

How can your input influence the decision?

Your feedback will help Green Industries SA develop the final waste strategy which will provide a framework to meet South Australia’s priorities for:

  • Economic growth
  • Employing more people
  • Investment
  • Reducing cost of living
  • Providing better services to the community

You can make an important contribution by suggesting an alternative to any of the initiatives discussed.

What are the next steps?

Key themes identified from the submissions will be summarised in a publicly available document, along with how input will be considered in finalising the strategy. The final strategy will be released in late 2020 and will be available to view on this site.

Contact details

For general enquiries, please email greenindustries@sa.gov.au or call us on 08 8204 2051 during business hours (9am to 5pm, weekdays).

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 28 August 2020

Related Consultation

Consultation is also underway on Valuing our Food Waste: South Australia’s strategy to reduce and divert household and business food waste. Have your say on this draft strategy and framework of actions to reduce and divert household and business food waste sent landfill.




Background


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The state’s waste management journey began with legislative and policy actions in the 1970s that paved the way for ongoing action and reform.

In 2016, Green Industries SA examined the potential benefits of a circular economy for South Australia. The review confirmed the state’s achievements in resource recovery and highlighted the broader opportunities in employment, the economy and environmental benefits associated with moving to a circular economy.

The success of the next waste strategy relies on an understanding of what has been achieved since 2004. A timeline can be viewed in the draft Waste Strategy 2020-2025.

Green Industries SA has invested more than $120 million from waste levy funds into the waste management and resource recovery industry over more than a decade. This has contributed to increased capacity and improved markets, and assisted the development of new products and skills. It has leveraged considerable investment by industry and local government.

The industry is a significant part of the South Australian economy. The state diverts more than 80% of the waste it generates (Rawtec, 2019) and its resource recovery industry has an annual turnover of around $1 billion, contributing more than $500 million to Gross State Product (directly and indirectly) and employing about 4,800 people (Resources and Waste Advisory Group, 2014).

The value of the resources recovered each year is also significant: in 2017-18 it was estimated to be $356 million (Rawtec, 2019).

South Australia has undertaken significant steps to facilitate this shift towards a circular economy but it requires continued effort to keep materials and resources in use, or ‘circulating’, for as long as possible, while creating local solutions to our waste and recycling issues and expanding the sector.

About Green Industries SA

Green Industries SA is an enabler and driver of change, supporting the development of the circular economy through diverse collaborations which improve productivity, resilience, resource efficiency and the environment.

It aims to transform how South Australians use and value resources. Its objectives under the Green Industries SA Act 2004 are to:

  • promote waste management practices that, as far as possible, eliminate waste or its consignment to landfill; and
  • promote innovation and business activity in the waste management, resource recovery and green industry sectors, recognising these areas present valuable opportunities to contribute to the state’s economic growth.

The Green Industries SA Act 2004 requires Green Industries SA to develop a waste strategy for the State at least every five years. Green Industries SA has developed three waste strategies for the periods 2005-10, 2011-15 and 2015-20.

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  • Get involved

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    To provide your feedback, read the Draft Waste Strategy and Draft Waste Strategy summary and have your say by:

    Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by Green Industries SA. Submissions will be treated as public documents unless received in confidence. They may be quoted in full or part in subsequent Green Industries SA reports. If you do not want the public to read your answers, please write ‘confidential’ on your submission.


  • Draft Strategy Summary

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    Below is a summary of the targets, priorities for action and the framework and key guiding principles for Draft South Australia's Waste Strategy 2020-2025, including page numbers that correspond to the draft strategy.

    Proposed waste strategy targets 2020-2025

    A target of zero avoidable waste to landfill by 2030 is proposed to guide action during and beyond the lifespan of the 2020‑2025 Strategy. Page 46

    We are looking to a 5% reduction Per capita waste generation on a 2020 baseline.

    Overall 2025 Targets by Waste Sector

    These targets refer to the diversion of waste away from landfill into resource recovery, recycling or reuse. The diversion ultimately means away from disposal to landfill. Page 47

    Metropolitan

    Municipal solid waste

    75% diversion

    Commercial and industrial

    90% diversion

    Construction and demolition

    95% diversion

    Non-metropolitan (all waste sectors):

    Maximise diversion to the extent practically and economically achievable

    Priorities for action

    Areas with the potential for greatest impact

    1. Transitioning to a circular economy - Page 52
    2. Market development - Page 56
    3. Infrastructure capability and capacity - Page 58
    4. Food waste - Page 60
    5. Plastics and packaging - Page 63

    Framework and key guiding principles

    Page 41-43

    • United Nations Sustainable development goals
    • Australian National Waste Policy
    • Circular economy
    • The waste management hierarchy
    • Ecologically sustainable development

    Download a PDF version of the summary

  • What is the circular economy?

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    A Circular Economy is an alternative to the wasteful traditional ‘linear’ economy based on ‘take, make, use and dispose’. It's a self-sustaining system driven by renewable energy with an imperative to keep material resources in use, or ‘circulating’ for as long as possible. It extracts the maximum value from these resources while in use, then recovers and regenerates products and materials.

    A truly Circular Economy is driven by renewable flows, rather than finite stocks. It depends on renewable energy sources, including wind, solar and bioenergy, rather than coal and other fossil fuels and materials from renewable sources.

    You can find out more about the Circular Economy in the Green Industries website.



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    Consultation period extended

    The deadline to provide feedback on the Draft South Australia's Waste Strategy 2020-2025 has been extended.