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Benefits to the ACT Waste Feasibility Study consider achieving Government policy objectives; economic growth; healthy liveability; full resource recovery, clean, carbon neutral environment, waste avoidance; innovation and change; and supportive market environment. Drivers include Government strategies and programs; data and legislation; ACT regional approach; ongoing communication and education; partnerships; research and technology; and investments.

With the most ambitious waste management targets in Australia and an increasing rate of waste generation per capita, the ACT's two-year, ACT Waste Feasibility Study was established in mid-2015 to investigate how best to reduce waste generation, maximise resource recovery, minimise littering and illegal dumping, and achieve a carbon-neutral waste sector.

Improved education, waste services, infrastructure, market development and regulation are part of a suite of areas being explored in the study.

The ACT Government is committed to working closely with the community and businesses to provide innovative waste management solutions for the future. For information on ongoing consultation as part of the study, or to get involved visit our get involved page or email actwastefeasibilitystudy@act.gov.au.

The ACT Government will consider the ACT Waste Feasibility Study's recommendations in mid-2017.

ACT Waste Management Strategy 2011-25

Goal: The ACT leads innovation to achieve full resource recovery and a carbon neutral waste sector.

Outcomes 1. Less waste generated 2. Full resource recovery 3. A clean environment 4. Carbon-neutral waste sector
Target
  • The growth in ACT waste generation is less than the rate of population growth.
  • Reuse of goods expands in the ACT.
The rate of resource recovery increases:
- over 80% by 2015.
- over 85% by 2020.
- over 90% by 2025.
  • ACT leads Australia in low litter and incidents of illegal dumping.
  • ACT's natural resources are protected and, where feasible, enhanced through waste management.
  • The ACT Waste Sector is carbon neutral by 2020:
    - energy generated from waste doubling by 2020;
  • - waste resources are recovered for carbon sequestration by 2020.
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