Recycling Update

Published on:
Monday, 14 May, 2018

There has been increasing media coverage about the recycling 'crisis' but there are also current updates. For example, Ipswich Council's decision to halt recycling was in the news, however, they have reversed the decision in response to community feedback.

The first Waste Taskforce Meeting was held on Monday, 23 April. The Taskforce is the WA Government's response to the current situation. 

The main focus of the meeting was to provide input into the National Meeting of Environment Ministers

This meeting was held on Friday, 27 April. Some of the important outcomes from this meeting included that the Ministers: 

  • Endorsed a target of 100% of Australian packaging being recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025 (or earlier).
  • Agreed to work together on expanding and developing the Australian recycling industry.
  • Agreed to advocate for increased use of recycled materials in the goods that government and industry buy.

The key message for the community is to keep recycling, there are still viable markets for recyclables. 

There will also be the opportunity to develop local markets and options in the long term. 

WALGA’s background paper on the current situation is available from the WasteNet Website

For more information, email Manager, Waste and Recycling Rebecca Brown.

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