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Australia prohibits the export of recyclable waste

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DESIGN WASTE BAN timetable

* Glass by July 2020.

* Mixed plastics by July 2021.

* Tires by December 2021.

* The rest by June 2022.

RECYCLING OBJECTIVES

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* Recover at least 80 percent of the material in all waste streams.

* Ensure that the government uses more recycled materials in projects, for example on roads.

* Reduce the amount of organic (food) waste that is dumped by half.

* Technical standards to encourage the use of recycled materials in construction.

* Battery manufacturers will be encouraged to launch an industry-led recycling program.

CLIMATE CHANGE

* At the next meeting, the federal government was instructed to explain how its plan to reduce Australia's emissions under the Paris Agreement works.

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BIODIVERSITY

* The ministers signed the Australian Strategy for Nature 2019-2030.

* It includes three broad goals – connecting Australians with nature, taking care of nature, as well as sharing and building knowledge.

* Ministers will work on a national approach to limit the effects of worn nets, in particular on platypus.

WILD CATS

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* A new strategy is needed to combat feral cats, with ministers to further discuss the issue at their next meeting.

* Wild cats kill around 459 million native Australian mammals, 596 million reptiles and 316 million birds each year.

HERITAGE

* Murujugu, or the Burrup Peninsula, near Karratha in WA, will be presented as a world heritage site.

IVORY

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* Ministers will look at ways to wipe out domestic trade in ivory and rhino horn.

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