The Boomerang Alliance was formed in 2003 with the aim of a zero waste society - see our initial 'Statement of Position' [256kb]. Our first target was packaging, in particular beverge containers. We have also successfully campaigned for a national electronic waste recycling program (involving all brands) and are watching moves towards waste from energy very closely.
Our initial membership has grown to 30 national and state environment groups:
•AFROCAB •Australian Conservation Foundation •Australian Marine Conservation Society •Arid Lands Environment Centre •Beach Patrol •Clean Up Australia •Conservation Council ACT Region •Conservation Council of South Australia •Conservation Council of Western Australia •Cooks River Alliance •Environment Centre NT •Environment Tasmania •Environment Victoria •Friends of the Earth •Greenpeace Australia Pacific •LEAD Group •Local Government NSW •Mineral Policy Institute •National Toxics Network •Nature Conservation Council of NSW •Project AWARE Foundation •Queensland Conservation Council •Responsible Runners •SEA LIFE Conservation Fund •Surfrider Foundation Australia • Take 3 • Tangaroa Blue Foundation •Tasmanian Conservation Trust •Total Environment Centre •Two Hands Project
We also receive support from the Purves Environmental Fund, Purryburry Trust, individual donors, recyclers and local councils.
STATEMENT OF INDEPENDENCE IN REGARD TO WASTE AND RECYCLING POLICY, INVESTIGATIONS, CAMPAIGNING AND COLLABORATION WITH INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT
The Boomerang Alliance was established in 2003 to campaign for recycling and removal of the environmental and public safety risks from waste management. It has grown to 28 national and state environment groups, becoming the pre-eminent community voice; and has worked on a range of issues including packaging, used tyres, and national and state policy and regulatory reform. It is auspiced by Total Environment Centre Inc, a registered charity, which owns its business name.
Policy: Boomerang adopts and advocates policy that is aimed at achieving the highest level of resource recovery and reuse from the maximum amount of waste (90%) in the shortest time possible. We adhere to the waste hierarchy of – avoidance, reuse, recycling, waste to energy* and landfill. It recognises that industry transition is often required; and some minor residuals may still need to be landfilled or immobilized - and that the transition may be negotiated between the community, government and industry. However transition is unacceptable on extensive timeframes or where there is the availability of exemptions that can be continually applied.
Investigations: Boomerang may undertake investigations of the waste industry and waste and recycling facilities benchmarked against relevant regulatory, planning and other legal compliance instruments; industry standards, and best practice. It may recommend corrective action. Such reports will be made public; contain a disclaimer**; and not be used (with or without the Boomerang logo) as a form of accreditation of the facility or business. However Boomerang may in particular instances commend a facility’s or business’s practices in a public statement.
Campaigning: Boomerang may use campaigning and advocacy techniques including media, brochures, flyers, advertising, lobbying, public meetings and demonstrations.
Collaboration: Boomerang seeks to collaborate with key stakeholders as part of its campaigning approach. It is recognised that Boomerang has acquired skills and insights into waste and recycling policy and practice which can be useful for policy makers and business. Such collaboration does not negate the option of further public advocacy, where this is deemed necessary.
Collaboration may also include seeking and obtaining funds from industry and government on the condition that Boomerang’s independence is not compromised nor special relationships for individual commercial or political gain are developed.*** It is understood that our policy and campaigning may advantage the commercial operations of the recycling industry as a whole or key sectors, and this is accepted by us as compatible with the advancement of an environmentally sustainable economy and society.
* waste to energy is a lesser and once-only form of resource recovery which must be subject to strict review of pollution controls and avoidance of contractual obligations or technological requirements that divert waste from current or likely future higher forms of recycling.
** Investigation Disclaimer Template
The report contains information about the extent to which [company] operations reflect state and local government regulations, industry association standards, and best practice in the opinion of Boomerang Alliance. While this review, represents our best efforts to reflect our opinion of the operations of the sites identified, it is limited by what we were shown and by the information presented and available to us. As such we are unable to represent that the information in the report is correct, accurate, or complete. This information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information in the report as an alternative to the opinions of local government, state regulatory authorities or health or emergency officials. Any conclusions and/or recommendations are our opinions based on what we observed at a particular moment in time. To this end, readers should always consult suitable qualified professionals to make final decisions regarding the seriousness of any issues identified and the best course of corrective action.
*** Boomerang will establish an internal process to ensure the principle is followed.
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