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Waste Advisory Committee communique

The facilitator of the Tasmanian Waste and Resource Management Strategy, the Waste Advisory Committee (WAC), held its 4th meeting in Hobart on 28 July 2010. Waste data was discussed in the context of how waste is classified, defined and reported on in Tasmania. The WAC will review the existing waste classification and definition system and submit its recommendations to the EPA Board.

The WAC agreed to develop a vision for "waste to resources" including relevant organisational structures, resourcing and funding initiatives. Work on this is underway and progress will be discussed at the next WAC meeting.

In a bid to increase the level of kerbside recycling across Tasmania, the WAC also agreed to establish a working group to develop Best Practice Guidelines for Service Level Standards.

The WAC will meet again on 26 October 2010 in Hobart.

The Tasmanian Waste and Resource Management Strategy is designed to lay the foundations for longer term waste management planning.

The WAC makes recommendations and reports to the EPA Board on the progress, delivery and implementation of the strategy and reports annually through the EPA Board to Parliament.