Plastics

The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts is working cooperatively with the Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association (PACIA) and the Vinyl Council of Australia to identify and address priority environmental issues , particularly those related to resource use, reuse and recovery. The plastics industry is the second largest manufacturing sector by turnover and a substantial contributor to other sectors such as automotive and packaging. In 1999, 1 million tonnes of plastics materials were produced in Australia and 587,000 tonnes imported.

For enquiries on environmental issues associated with plastics email plastics@environment.gov.au.

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