Ipswich City Council: Save Our Recycling Program

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On 18 April 2018, Ipswich City Council announced that they would no longer be recycling waste as they say recycling has become too expensive since China stopped taking our waste.

That Ipswich City Council cannot afford an extra couple of million dollars per year whilst its Councillors rake in some of the highest salaries in the country is wrong.

That Ipswich City Council considers the short-term cost of recycling the waste to be less than the long term cost of environmental degradation, massive mega-dumps, and diminishing resources is wrong.

That Ipswich, Queensland and Australia, think it's reasonable to rely on other countries to manage our waste is wrong (and weird).

The global economy is changing as people realise that excessive consumption and discarding waste is economically, socially and environmentally harmful. New economies and industries, built around smarter and more efficient resource use, by-products and recycling are growing.

The Ipswich area - with a rapidly growing population - access to skilled labour, transport networks, manufacturing and innovative, knowledge-based industries, is well suited to benefit from this economic shift.

In 2017, the Palaszczuk Government entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to support Ipswich City Council become one of the most sustainable local government areas in the world. They should be supporting the growth of green jobs, and of a more sustainable Queensland, but on 18 April 2018, when Ipswich made its announcement, the Palaszczuk Government just blamed everyone else. (Everyone that is except the companies' whose goods come packaged in this plastic, glass, metal or cardboard, which, as the biggest part of the problem, should also be part of the solution).

Ipswich City Council can reverse this decision.

The Palaszczuk Government can support Ipswich and other Queensland local government areas to become leaders in waste reduction, reuse, and recycling, and make Queensland a strong, green economy that benefits from global economic shifts.