Monday, 30 September 2019
Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, made a solemn promise to tackle the recycling crisis in Australia and put an end to exporting waste.
Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, made a solemn promise to tackle the recycling crisis in Australia and put an end to exporting waste. His concerns come out of the fact that only 12% of plastic coming out to domestic waste is being recycled, as reported by the Blue Environment Pty Ltd.
Between 2016 and 2017, the country generated approximately 67 million tons of waste, both from households, commercial and industrial sectors. The report goes even further to state that Australians use more than 3 billion plastic bags, over 3.5 billion coffee cups and 1.3 billion plastic bottles yearly. Those numbers are extremely concerning, and even though the amount of waste per person is decreasing, population is increasing, which is why the numbers are not going down.
When it comes to recycling, Australia seems to be successful only with metal, with 90% of it being actually reused. Paper and cardboard products are only 60% recycled, organic materials just a bit over 50% and, alarmingly, 12% of plastic waste is recycled. This means that over 2,000 million kg of waste ends up in the landfill annually.
To better those numbers, it is expected that large amounts of money will be put towards Morrison’s promise and the government will start investing in plastic sorting and cleaning equipment, as well as waste-to-energy solutions.
Is Australia’s domestic waste recycling industry about to thrive?