National plastics summit to address growing waste problem

Australia's first national plastics summit to be held in March.

Environment minister Sussan Ley has announced Australia’s first national plastics summit to address the country’s growing plastic waste problem.

The summit will explore new methods of remanufacturing that will create jobs and build a wider understanding about the importance of recycling strategies.

Around 200 leading retailers, industry representatives, state governments, local government associations, infrastructure companies, researchers and school children will be invited to Canberra in early March to take part in the national summit to address the challenges of plastics and recycling.

Delegates will be invited to showcase solutions, mobilise actions and address the National Waste Policy Action Plan target of phasing out problematic and unnecessary plastics over the next five years (2025).

Consumer and community education will be a key focus, along with the role of school children and young adults in influencing household behaviour, and in highlighting the link between industry action and community interests.

“We will be looking for commitments from industry that will create jobs, research opportunities, education initiatives and practical community outcomes,” Ley said.

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