There has been much news recently about China not accepting our recyclable waste. Good on you, China. We need to grow up and take responsibility for our own waste. Booming On has some excellent tips for Aussies, and other planet earth citizens, about what you can do to improve recycling outcomes. She is right on about aluminium too. Want to cut down on carbon emissions? Recycle that aluminium.
There’s been a lot of talk in Australia recently about recycling, following China’s unexpected announcement in January it would be taking in far less of ours for processing. They do have over 1.4 billion people over there so they have quite a lot of their own recycling to contend with, but it was reportedly the high levels of contamination in recycling that was the catalyst for their revised import restrictions. It’s now set to ban 24 categories of solid waste – not just from us but the US, EU and Japan as well – in an effort to protect their own environment and public health.
This is sending Australian recycling systems into a state of panic. It’s also putting the onus back on us to work out other or better ways of dealing with our own recycling on our own shores, reducing our contamination rates, or even creating less…
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