The National Waste Policy: Less Waste, More Resources was agreed to by all Australian environment ministers in the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) in November 2009 and endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in October 2010. A component of this policy is to explore measures that have the potential to increase packaging resource recovery rates and decrease packaging litter.
Additionally, the policy is aimed at: reducing the need to landfill recyclable packaging materials; reducing the negative amenity, health and environmental impacts of packaging waste and litter in line with community expectations; and promoting a consistent national approach to regulating packaging.
A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement was prepared by the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water in December 2011 and assessed as adequate by the Office of Best Practice Regulation. In accordance with the COAG Best Practice Regulation requirements, a Decision, or final, Regulation Impact Statement will be completed by the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water.