Policy & Issues


The wine sector should take advantage of all opportunities to utilise materials and resources in such a way that waste is minimised. It is vital that industry’s waste management practices are continually improved across the sector, primarily to reduce the impact on landfills and the financial cost associated with creating waste and removing it from the property/facility. 

The waste management hierarchy of – avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle and recover – should be applied in all businesses’ approach to managing waste. 

Australian Grape & Wine supports: 

  • An enhanced wine industry understanding of the waste management hierarchy in wine businesses and the continuous improvement of waste management practices.
  • Government and industry investment in improved transport, facilities and services for waste, which reduce cost and improve its management.
  • Industry giving consideration to using materials, such as packaging, which lessen the impact on the environment such as those which are reusable, recyclable or biodegradable, and
  • Nationally consistent waste management policies which reduce impact on the environment but do not impose unnecessary regulatory burden and/or cost on wine businesses. 
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