Australian government to fund onshore recycling plants

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We all think we’re doing something decent for the environment when we recycle — but the truth about where it ends up might shock you.

Most of Australia’s plastic rubbish ends up being stockpiled in warehouses or shipped to South-East Asia to be illegally burned.

This means that, instead of being recycled, mountains of it is being dumped, buried or burned in illegal processing facilities and junkyards in Southeast Asia.

for more than two decades, our plastic recycling industry was reliant on China — who we sold our mixed and often contaminated plastic waste, and they melted it down into new plastic goods to sell back to us and the rest of the world.

However, much of it is now just stacking up in the yards and warehouses of Australian recycling companies — as we don’t have the facilities to reprocess it ourselves.

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) chief executive officer, Gayle Sloan, has taken aim at the Federal Government — saying it has done “done nothing” since China shut us off.

We NEED the Federeal Government to fund large recycling plants or else we will soon be drowned by our own waste. Australia has approximately 1.29 million tonnes of waste a year, based on 2017-18 export amounts, which you think would be recycled as we are being told. However, instead it is being illegally exported to countries such as Malaysia, where it is burned, put in landfills or stays heaped in piles meters high. Please watch this 60 minutes episode to explain the importance of this issue further: