Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Waste Technology and Innovation Study

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GHD was engaged by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) to prepare a Study into Waste Technology and Innovation. The study is intended to assist DEWHA in developing two vitally important foundation documents for the future of waste management in Australia, the State of Waste Report and the National Waste Policy.

Together these documents will seek to drive and deliver a successful transition to more sustainable waste management nationally. To date, the lack of a national approach to improving the sustainability of waste management practices has resulted in an inconsistent approach across the country to the introduction of new waste and recycling technologies, an absence of national standards for landfill design and management of emissions, and lack of value adding infrastructure in the recycling industry (such as beneficiation plants4), making it more attractive for companies to export recovered recyclables to other countries such as China, instead of performing the value-adding operations in Australia.

The study into waste technology and innovation will be an important foundation resource in the Commonwealth Government’s initiative to provide a national waste policy to deliver improved environmental, social and economic benefits associated with waste management. It should guide policymakers in both the Commonwealth and state governments to work together to provide consistent and effective technology-based solutions.

The study is to include a focus on the following:

  • Identifying key emerging innovations, trends and opportunities in waste and resource-recovery technologies and practices;

  • Identifying the market and non-market barriers to the implementation of emerging technologies and innovations; and

  • Identifying past and potential future funding models for financing construction and operation.

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