China’s foreign recycling rule to lift council rates
Tony Khoury, of the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association, says spending guidelines are needed. Picture: James Croucher
Our business had sticked hygiene and control of all our recycling and were rewarded very well for it from our Chinese market where other recyclers just sent them what ever all mixed up and in reality trash.We kept all our plastics in there in there types and even recycled polystyrene which was very valuable., councils and others claim that polystyrene is not recyclable.Well it is if done properly, also plastic can be recycled in to products here cheaply and efficiently, it is only a matter of using ones brains and governments and councils just don’t appear to have any (brains) that is.The difficulty’s we had with government and councils was unbelievable and they were not interested in doing anything.
Deliver the waste to your local Greens candidate , they know everything including why they continue to oppose incineration of waste to create power.
We could follow the NewYork council who compresses their waste loads it onto barges and takes it our into the Atlantic Ocean and dumps it as there is no land fill areas in their area . Great example to the rest of the world trying to control waste and why are the greens silent on this .
Another sleight of hand undone . Renewables hypocrisy go hand in hand .
It’s pretty embarrassing that we dispose of our rubbish off shore. Very short sighted. Rather than look at other ways of dumping perhaps some entrepreneurs will find ways to mitigate the packaging manufacturers foist on us in the name of market differentiation. Biodegradable products, high temperature furnaces, composting, etc. it’s implied that the cost of collecting, sorting, transporting, recycling using energy hungry processes is not commercially viable in Australia. Is this true? Perhaps we need some courageous politicians to impose environmental restrictions on the volume and materials manufacturers use for packaging as well as life cycle obligations on their products. Increased council rate is just the thin edge of the wedge. We can do better.
@Petri All a deposit does is increase community cost. The reality is that recycling of domestic materials is a complete waste of time and money. Another greenie con built on the usual guilt trip about consumption.
How is it that some councils are looking at turning garbage into power and putting that power into the grid? If there is a dollar in regenerating recyclables into further usable item, and there must be because China has turned it into big business, then why aren’t Australian manufacturing doing it and selling back onto the world market?