Email By political reporter Kathleen Ferguson Updated March 02, 2020 15:44:00 Video: The PM says he will change Commonwealth procurement rules to ensure greater emphasis on using products made from recycled plastic. (ABC News) Related Story: Australia exported close to 4.5 million tonnes of waste last year. The PM wants that to stop Related Story: McDonald’s to trial paper straws in move to ban plastic ones Related Story: 10yo wins battle to save the stomachs of turtles Map: Canberra 2600 Big businesses have laid out their plans to cut down on single-use plastics as part of a national summit targeting Australia’s waste problem. Key points:Companies including Nestle and McDonald’s have made commitments to lower plastic usageThe Federal Government summit also featured other commitments from businesses and groupsLabor has warned the summit needs to be more than just a day of discussions The goal of the first National Plastics Summit, held in Parliament House on Monday, was to create solutions to the growing pile of recyclable materials.Most of the nation’s recyclables have traditionally been sent overseas but countries like China and Indonesia are no longer importing as much waste, leading to Australia’s looming ban on exporting some materials.Businesses, experts, government leaders… Read full this story
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