Interest is growing in expanding the product classes of the Minister’s Product Stewardship Priority List for 2022-2023.
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has received over 70 nominations covering more than 27 distinct products.
The assessment of nominated products has now commenced and will consider reasons for listing, what actions can be achieved in the given timeframes, and how these products will help to achieve waste targets
The Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence is being consulted as part of the assessment process, as per the Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020 with other stakeholders being consulted as required.
The RaWR Act requires that the list identify products and materials for which the Minister expects industry to take product stewardship action. This may be through improved design, manufacture and end of life actions that provide environmental and health benefits.
A proactively managed Priority List has the potential to see the wide-scale adoption of product stewardship principles into circular business models that reduce waste generation and create positive environmental and social outcomes.
The nomination stage has now closed, and the 2022-2023 Minister’s Priority List will be announced before the end of June 2022.
Keep an eye on the Department’s website for the updates.