Eliminate waste and re-use recovered resources.
Step 9) Closing
Resource Loops and Eliminating 'Waste'
Action: The Tasmanian Government must articulate a Strategy for
waste minimisation, recovery, re-use and recycling, that aims to 'close the
loop' in resource use, eventually eliminating all 'waste'. Given that
Tasmania both imports and exports products, the Tasmanian Government must also
advocate nationally for appropriate national policies such as product
stewardship and extended producer liability, and eco-redesign and
design-for-recovery (or other 'cradle-to-cradle' resource strategies).
Rationale: This action recognises that there is no such thing as
'waste' - waste is the result of poor product design and/or inadequate
facilities for the recovery and reuse of the resources embodied in 'waste'
streams. Waste is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in Tasmania,
all of which could be avoided. At the same time, land for landfill sites
is becoming increasingly rare, while new waste processing technologies are
available that allow for the efficient recovery of resources even at modest
scales and at low cost.