Equilibrium has been engaged by Charitable Recycling Australia to explore options for a credible, realistic and transparent process for an Australian clothing reuse export accreditation scheme. Such a scheme is intended to outline standards to promote the significant environmental, economic and social benefits of this important market. The scheme will aim to promote a circular economy, reinforcing repair and reuse of garments to maximize their life cycle before recycling or downcycling of materials is considered.
Feedback and engagement sessions are being run by Equilibrium with Charitable Recycling Australia members, local and state governments and key industry stakeholders. The focus of the program and options will primarily cover:
>Regulatory compliance management and performance
>Systems and reporting (including environment, safety and quality)
>Collection and transport of materials
>Sorting, dismantling and storage of materials
>Downstream sale and distribution of recyclable materials
>Management of supply chain relationships
>Downstream vendor engagement process, documentation and reporting
The initial program is likely to be a foundation platform to support Charitable Recycling Australia in engaging with collections and export supply chains, leading to an integrated solution to promote a circular economy.