Position statement

Below is information on the position statement of Keep Australia Beautiful National Association.

What is litter?

Any solid or liquid domestic or commercial waste, refuse, debris or rubbish and, without limiting the generality of the above, includes any waste glass, metal, plastic, paper, fabric, wood, food, soil, sand, concrete or rocks, abandoned vehicles, abandoned vehicle parts and garden remnants and clippings, but does not include any gases, dust or smoke or any waste that is produced or emitted during or as a result of, any of the normal operations of the mining, building or manufacturing industry or any primary industry.
– Environment Protection Act 1970

General Statement on Waste
The Keep Australia Beautiful Network supports litter reduction, reuse and recycling through education, product stewardship, extended producer responsibility and other means including systems to encourage the collection and use of products that might otherwise be discarded.

All Packaging
Keep Australia Beautiful recognises that it is Governments’ (State or Federal) responsibility to consider and facilitate legislation regarding waste management systems. The Keep Australia Beautiful Network policy is to support initiatives that address ALL materials that can be recycled and are in the litter stream.

Container Deposit Legislation
Based on the PICRIS research, KABNA supports Option 2b as the preferred national packaging recycling / litter reduction policy suggestion being considered in the PICRIS.

It delivers a close alignment to KABNA’s mission to reduce all litter.  This will be achieved without impacting on State and Territory activities.

This includes our expectation that all industry should invest more in product stewardship, and achieves a balance between costs and benefits on a whole of community basis.

Read: Keeping Australia Beautiful through partnerships

Diverting Organic Waste from Landfill
Waste generation is often related to the material standard of living in a particular area. With the standard of living increasing globally, waste production has also increased. Around one tonne of waste is produced by the average household per annum, with around 30% of this being organic (food and green) waste. The disposal of this organic waste in landfills results in emission of methane gas as it degrades. The diversion of organic waste from landfill to composting prevents the generation of methane and as such should be promoted. Therefore Keep Australia Beautiful National Association supports a policy for the diversion of organic waste from landfill.

Separating organic waste from the general waste stream, prior to its disposal in landfill, provides long term environmental benefits by reducing methane emissions, enhancing soil productivity and reducing irrigation needs. Application of composted organics to land also provides an opportunity to improve our farms by returning carbon to the soil. The use of fit-for purpose organic products from organic waste – in our gardens or on the land – will assist in greenhouse gas reduction and the development of sustainable land use.

Schemes that encourage Australian households and businesses to use products derived from composted organic wastes, either from home composting/worm farms or waste processers, is strongly encouraged by the Keep Australia Beautiful National Association.