Resilient Waste And Recycling Sector To Ride Out Tough Times

Source: Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo

Adaptable larger operators are set to survive – some may even thrive – following the coronavirus challenge.

While no-one could have anticipated the scale of the coronavirus pandemic gripping Australia, the country’s modern and efficient waste and recycling sector is better placed than most to meet the challenge of COVID-19.

Not only does the public rely on these companies to handle hazardous industrial and medical waste, the Australian waste and recycling sector has developed robust protocols to protect the health and safety of its workers.

But industry leaders say that while Australia’s large corporates will survive this changing business environment, smaller operators who rely on the hospitality sector or office-based clients could struggle.

“With so many businesses [across Australia] shutting down, that’s obviously impacting financially on some parts of the waste sector,” says Rose Read, CEO of the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council.

On a more positive note, the waste and recycling industry has proved extremely nimble in coping with higher volumes of both household and medical waste as Australians self-isolate and hospitals go into overdrive.

“People who work in the waste and recycling sector are a resilient and positive bunch,” says Read. “It’s also a very supportive industry; if things get tough, individual companies will help each other out.”

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