Friday, 16 March 2018
With China’s recent ban on recycling waste importation, Australia’s kerbside recycling systems could potentially collapse. Victoria and New South Wales’s masses of waste are quickly piling up.
With China’s recent ban on recycling waste importation, Australia’s kerbside recycling systems could potentially collapse. Victoria (already in crisis since last month’s shortage of waste recycling contracts) and New South Wales’s masses of waste are quickly piling up causing distress to councils and governments looking for solutions.
NSW Local Government Association’s representative, Linda Scott, fears a potential recycling industry crash, stating contractors are no longer accepting to take materials. Victoria finds itself in the same situation, where the contract for ratepayers’ recycling bins pickups will last only until 1 July, after which, according to environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio, councils will need to cover expenses on their own. China’s restriction on the importation of over 24 solid waste categories has affected the recycling industry worldwide. The ban known as a national sword policy has first entered into effect in January and has caused a major downfall in household waste materials operating prices. This policy has triggered a 50 percent lowering in material demands according to Tony Khoury – NSW’s Waste Contractors and Recycling Association representative. Although – as he says – an increase in stockpile limits would be necessary, that remains an unrealistic goal, so the hunt for a viable solution continues.
Until long term industry support will be provided, answers are still sought after by those in the industry, so if this latest news falls within your area of interest, we’re able to provide you with a free site audit as for how we can help with your waste solution.
Trouble arises for Australia’s recycling system after China restrictions