Monday 19 June 2017
There is a huge and increasing number of largely unregulated contaminants lawfully produced by the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries in common consumer products that we wash down our drains that end up untreated in the water we drink, the fish we eat and other marine life, information HERE. In response to my questions in Parliament about product stewardship (extended producer responsibility), the minister says the government supports product stewardship at the national level while conceding that there are no mandatory schemes in Australia, HERE.
You can comment on the draft NSW Litter Prevention Strategy on exhibition until 31 July. The strategy proposes community education, littering fines and clean ups but while it notes that businesses produce and promote throwaway consumables, there is no clear action to require them to reduce packaging and create products that last, information HERE.