former Standing Council on Environment and Water

(incorporating the National Environment Protection Council)

National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure

On 13 December 2013, COAG replaced its 22 Standing Councils, Select Councils and governance fora with a set of eight Councils and the decision saw the revocation of the Standing Council on Environment and Water. Work is currently underway to resolve how its existing work would be handled in the future. In the interim, this website is currently maintained for historical purposes and is scheduled for archiving.

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NEPM: National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure 2011 
Made by NEPC: 27 February 1998
Commenced: Clauses 1&2: 4 March 1998, Remaining clauses: 1 July 1998

Please contact the relevant jurisdictional agency regarding detailed implementation information for this NEPM. Decisions about the way in which NEPMs are implemented are made by each jurisdiction individually.

What's currently happening

In June 2010, Ministers agreed to endorse the new Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) and approve the 2010 Minor Variation to the NEPM.

Late in 2010, administrative issues were identified with the registration of the 2005 and 2010 Minor Variations to the NEPM. In order to put the question of validity beyond any doubt the NEPM was re-made. The new NEPM has been drafted to be effective retrospectively and take all variations made to date into account.

Used Packaging NEPM Goal

To reduce environmental degradation arising from the disposal of used packaging and conserve virgin materials through the encouragement of re-use and recycling of used packaging materials by supporting and complementing the voluntary strategies in the Australian Packaging Covenant.

Desired Environmental Outcomes

To minimise the overall environmental impacts of packaging by pursuing the Covenant performance goals:

  1. Design: optimise packaging to use resources efficiently and reduce environmental impact without compromising product quality and safety.
  2. Recycling: efficiently collect and recycle packaging.
  3. Product Stewardship: demonstrate commitment by all signatories.

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