NSW return and earn has doubled container recycling in the state, according to ACOR

Contrary to recent comments to the ABC that, “.. the bulk of the containers that are going into the (NSW) container deposit scheme are containers that would have ordinarily been recycled anyway,” in fact the NSW return and earn scheme has already more than doubled container recycling in the state, according to the Australian Council or Recycling (ACOR).

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CHINA SWORD: THE AUSTRALIAN RESPONSE

China Sword: the Australian response

Recycling contracts in Australia are under threat and a crisis is looming after China implemented its National Sword Policy on January 1, 2018, which restricted the importation of 24 categories of solid waste and limits contamination of those materials to less than 0.5 per cent. The restrictions are already being felt in the sector, with stockpiling beginning and waste collectors across the country trying to find new markets to prevent a disruption of kerbside collection services.

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MRF shutdowns could be just the tip of the iceberg

With several councils being recently locked out of their Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), leaving them with no option but to send waste to landfill, there is a fear within industry that this may be just the tip of the iceberg if government doesn’t stop the talk and instead start the actions needed to avoid further pain on these pressing issues.

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Modern challenges for asbestos removal

The use of asbestos was banned in Australia in 2004 immediately after the industry recognition of the life-threatening dangers associated with the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Medical conditions resulting from exposure to asbestos can take as long as 10 to 20 years to reveal themselves. Despite this ban, Australians still suffer from the consequences of existing buildings containing asbestos.

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