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'It’s time to transform recycling': Nine in 10 Australians want governments to act on crisis

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.

China's ban on foreign waste leaves Australian recycling industry eyeing opportunities

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.