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The role of Business in sustainable waste management. Submission to Green Economy Summit May 2010. Introduction. BUSA is engaged with government in implementation of the Waste Act Waste Act provides an opportunity for a more sustainable approach to waste management

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the role of business in sustainable waste management

The role of Business in sustainable waste management

Submission to Green Economy Summit

May 2010

introduction
Introduction
  • BUSA is engaged with government in implementation of the Waste Act
  • Waste Act provides an opportunity for a more sustainable approach to waste management
  • Answers to questions in Summit document
  • Focus on manufacturing
what is green waste management
What is green waste management?
  • All waste management is “green” in that it contributes to sustainable development
  • Green waste management should therefore support innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness across all sectors
  • Focus on improvements in waste management that are economically efficiency and environmentally effective
effect on economy
Effect on economy
  • Key issue is that it is business imperative to be efficient
  • All resources should be used efficiently
  • Failure to be efficient leads to company failure
  • All waste management interventions will contribute to sustainable development but some may do more than others eg minimisation vslandfilling
raw material management
Raw material management
  • Maximise utilisation of raw material
    • Internal recycling
    • By products used by others
    • Industrial waste to cement kilns
    • Metal slag in road building
  • What government intervention promotes this?
    • Remove hurdles
    • Do no intervene in working private sector activity
transition
Transition
  • Implies movement from non green to green
  • Business essentially on a continuum of less green to more green
  • No waste management to Zero waste
  • No jobs to no jobs?
institutional approach
Institutional approach
  • Not a good question: no one size fits all
  • Individual responsibility
  • Extended producer responsibility applies only to post consumer waste
  • What is the responsibility of the consumer?
  • What is the responsibility of business?
    • Packaging design
    • Composition
investment in green waste management
Investment in green waste management
  • What is green investment?
    • Incineration?
    • Landfilling?
    • Hazardous waste in cement kilns?
    • Composting?
    • Recycling?
  • Investment follows market demand
  • What does investor need?
    • Return on investment
upscaling
Upscaling?
  • Examples of success:
    • Energy from landfills?
    • Burying medical waste in brick yard?
  • Hurdles?
    • Red tape
    • Cost of doing business
    • Lack of access to capital
financing models
Financing models
  • Most successful:
    • commercially viable ( market demand)
    • payment by users
  • Where users cannot pay
    • Government subsidy?
factors impacting on growth of sector
Factors impacting on growth of sector
  • Sector dominated by public sector
  • Not commercially driven
  • Often cinderella service
  • Legislation not enforced
  • Consider impact of Waste Act
  • Private sector success not supported by government
enabling policy environment
Enabling policy environment
  • Allow private sector to innovate
  • Do not regulate every aspect
  • Only regulate outcome
  • Do not intervene where system is working
  • Do not seek to raise government revenue thru levies
  • Improve efficiency of legislation
    • examples