National Recycling Week 2019- Australian Government Commits to the Big Picture.
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Better late than never:
The Australian Environment Ministers met last week to establish a timeline for banning export of our waste and moving towards a local solution by mid-2022. The plan will not only save us over $2.5 billion, but create hundreds of new jobs and finally see our country taking care of its own waste and investing in innovation.
The government has set out a clear action plan that wants to “significantly [increase] the use of recycled content by governments and industry”, which is an important step for the nation; the buy-back of recycled materials has been a huge barrier to reducing the amount of waste generated by Australians.
With $167 million committed to the Australian Recycling Investment Plan, the government is hoping to recover 80% of all waste streams and reduce organic waste sent to landfill by half by 2030. Waste will be re-purposed for new products and fuels rather than being left in landfill, while excessive use of plastics will be phased out over the coming years.