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Federal action on waste urgent says WSROC

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Media release, 10 May 2019

WSROC has called on the next Australian Government to act urgently on Australia’s waste management crisis to stimulate local recycling capacity, ensure more products are recycled, and develop new markets for recycled products.

WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert said “Waste collection is managed by local governments, however, international forces acting on the waste industry at present are far beyond the capacity of local communities to address.

“The introduction of the China National Sword Policy in 2017 and the rise and fall of international commodity markets have created an unsustainable situation for Australia’s waste management sector. Without federal action, the cost of managing Australia’s waste will increase and environmental outcomes may be compromised,” he said.

“Since China’s recycling ban, we have seen much discussion around amendments to Australia’s National Waste Policy but very little action. This delay has put extreme pressure on councils as they try and reduce impacts to local communities and ensure environmental outcomes are being met,” said Cr Calvert.

“This situation cannot continue. By 2021, Sydney will experience a shortfall of over 1.4 million tonnes of waste processing capacity due to population growth1. To meet that shortfall, we will need to build around 16 new waste facilities. The same story can be seen repeated over and over again across the country,” he said.

“We need to stimulate local recycling markets to ensure we have the capacity to responsibly manage our own waste, which would create opportunities for new jobs, and positive outcomes for the environment,” said Cr Calvert.

 “WSROC welcomes the opportunity to work with the next federal government on solutions that will provide sustainable, accountable and affordable services for local communities,” said Cr Calvert.


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1. NSW EPA Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy.

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