Re­cy­cling ad­vice not re­li­able

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion -

It would ap­pear that lo­cal gov­ern­ments and the State Gov­ern­ment have their col­lec­tive heads stuck in a bin over changes to what can be re­cy­cled and what can’t be.

Lo­cal coun­cils funded by the Bet­ter Bins pro­gram rolled out a three-bin waste sys­tem us­ing a small gen­eral waste bin forc­ing house­holds to di­vert re­cy­clables and gar­den waste to the larger re­cy­cling bin and gar­den waste bin.

This re­lied on China ac­cept­ing a wide range of re­cy­clables.

This is no longer the case as aerosols and all soft plas­tics (or scrunch­ables) are no longer re­cy­clable.

I have been ex­pect­ing some form of ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram but none has been forth­com­ing.

In fact my new 2018-19 waste guide still lists items no longer re­cy­clable.

No doubt it’s us house­hold­ers who will be foot­ing the bill for the re­cy­cling col­lec­tion com­pa­nies to sort and re­move the newly non-re­cy­clables and send them to land­fill.

Michael Whit­worth

Safety Bay

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