Morrison flags moves to strengthen demand for recycled products

The Federal Government says it will strengthen procurement guidelines to ensure every Commonwealth contract prioritises sustainability, in a move to boost demand for recycled products.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a speech at the National Plastics Summit earlier this week.

"We've used Commonwealth procurement policy to energise our Indigenous businesses and we've had tremendous success," he told the summit.

New procurement guidelines mean all agencies will have to consider use of recycled content and sustainability as a factor in determining value for money.

“That’s why I am pleased to announce the first of a number of measures my government will take to build demand for these recycled products,” he said.

“We will be strengthening the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines to make sure every procurement undertaken by a Commonwealth agency considers environmental sustainability and the use of recycled content as a factor in determining value for money.”

He also flagged a Budget announcement around state waste levies and waste management infrastructure investment.

"The Commonwealth stands ready to work with the states to co-invest in these critical infrastructure facilities and with industry," he said.

"We are working with state and territory governments to identify and unlock the critical upgrades that will lead to a step-change in recycling capacity.

"We will invest with governments and with industry on a one-to-one-to-one basis."