80% say they would pay up to $10 per week for better services.
The sudden realisation our conscientious separation of recyclable paper and plastics from our rubbish will not be enough to fend off a garbage crisis has Sydneysiders demanding governments step in and reform an industry hit hard by a new Chinese embargo on waste imports.
Cleanaway, Australia's biggest waste business, has revealed it classifies the thousands of tonnes of material arriving at its New Chum landfill in Ipswich from the company's recycling plant in south Brisbane as local waste, even though the bulk of it originates interstate, prompting accusations it is "laundering" waste to hide its origin. (February 28, 2018)
Thousands of tonnes of NSW waste sent each week to Queensland to be recycled is instead being trucked straight into landfill. The rort is costing NSW taxpayers millions of dollars in lost waste levies. Mark Solomons reports. (February 27, 2018)
The world's most populous country has been the largest importer of recyclable materials, taking in more than 30 million metric tonnes of waste from all over the world, including from the US, EU, Japan, and Australia.
But in July, China — also the world's biggest manufacturer — decided it would no longer take what it called foreign garbage.
In the wake of a devastating fire at the Melbourne Coolaroo recycling facility earlier this month, Victorian environment minister Lily D'Ambrosio has announced a statewide audit of recycling facilities.