Australia’s recycling industry is feeling the impact of China’s ban on a range of imported recyclable rubbish, with industry leaders warning they cannot keep collecting recycling if there’s nowhere for it to go.
Warehouses filling with recyclable waste
Recycling company in Victoria no longer accepting kerb-side pickup
Industry leaders call on governments to intervene
On January 1, China stopped accepting 24 categories of solid waste, disrupting the export of more than 600,000 tonnes of material out of Australia each year.
Now the ban has begun to bite and recycled waste is being stockpiled in warehouses in certain parts of the country.