Members of the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) met this week to confirm priorities for the year ahead and review the progress of national waste and resource recovery initiatives.
NWRIC CEO Rose Read said there was plenty on the agenda and members had a good discussion about the priorities for the organisation in 2021.
“NWRIC is focused primarily on two key areas for the coming year.”
- Building Australia’s Resource Recovery Sector, which will include activities that will:
- Enable cleaner inputs
- Upgrade resource recovery capacity and quality of material recovered
- Take action on plastics
- Focus on organics
- Increase energy recovery
- Preventing Waste Crime by working with government to reduce waste crime and promote best practice across all segments of the industry.
NWRIC members were also provided with an update from each state affiliate on the progress of state-based activities and initiatives.
The federal Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources also provided an update on the Modern Manufacturing Strategy and soon to be released Recycling and Clean Energy Roadmap. They also outlined that grants will be available for businesses to either translate research and ideas into commercial outcomes or to integrate their products and services into domestic and global value chains. Funding would be 50:50 government and business.