Report Recommends Greater Emphasis On Avoiding Waste Creation, As Recycling Export Ban Looms
Source: ABC News.
In less than two months, a ban on exporting Australia’s waste is due to begin and researchers say attention needs to shift to avoid creating waste, to stop the problem piling up in the first place.
“The end of a product’s first life ought to be disassembly and reassembly, or repair and repurpose,” ATSE chief executive Kylie Walker said.
“Then only after all those things have failed, should we start looking at how do you melt down and recycle, or extract the component resources.”
Legislation currently before the Senate includes a ban on the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres, which is scheduled to be phased in from the beginning of January.
There were 4.4 million tonnes of waste exported from Australia in 2018-19 and that annual amount will soon have to be dealt with onshore.
The Federal Government has increased its involvement in recycling — previously the domain of the states and territories — and the latest Budget included $250 million for the recycling sector.
Photo credit: Researchers argue avoidance needs to be prioritised over processing and managing Australia’s recyclable waste.(ABC News: Matthew Roberts)