Queensland’s draft waste strategy - turning the tide on waste
Queensland is home to more than five million people and the amount of waste we produce is growing faster than our population.
Around 10.9 million tonnes of waste was produced in 2017-18 in Queensland which is enough to fill almost 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. This has a real and lasting impact on the lifestyle we enjoy.
More waste means more landfill sites in our communities, more greenhouse gases contributing to climate change, more non-renewable resources being consumed or disposed of and more litter in our environment.
As more waste goes to landfill, some natural resources, such as those that go into electronic equipment, become scarcer, and the products they are in get more expensive.
We are at the tipping point and have a timely and important opportunity to turn the tide on waste now, for a better, more sustainable future.
So what are we doing about it?
We are developing a new draft Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy underpinned by a waste disposal levy, to attract investment, develop new jobs and industries and reduce waste.
The draft waste strategy aims to deliver the long-term, sustained growth of the recycling and resource recovery sector while reducing the amount of waste produced by promoting more sustainable waste management practices for business, industry and households.
You can have your say by completing this eHub survey and head to the website to find out more information, read the Community Summary for details on how to submit a more detailed submission.