The circular economy is about changing the way we produce, assemble, sell and use products to minimise waste, and to reduce our environmental impact.
The overarching principles underpinning waste management in a circular economy are to:
- avoid waste
- improve resource recovery
- increase use of recycled material and build demand and markets for recycled products
- better manage material flows to benefit human health, the environment and the economy
- improve information to support innovation, guide investment and enable informed consumer decisions.
The circular economy can also be great for business; by maximising the use of our valuable resources, and by contributing to innovation, growth and job creation.
Everyone has a role to play to reduce our collective impact on and to protect the environment.
The container deposit scheme is a great way to get involved with recycling.
Stewardship schemes work to minimise the health and environmental impact of a product over its entire lifecycle from design, production, distribution, sale and use to disposal, recovery, reuse and recycling.
For more information on Product Stewardship schemes refer to the national guidelines.
National Waste Policy
The 2018 National Waste Policy provides a framework for collective action by businesses, governments, communities and individuals until 2030. The policy identifies five overarching principles underpinning waste management in a circular economy, discussed below.
The NT EPA supports the recommendations of the National Waste Policy.
Federal government grants will soon be available to support waste export bans.