Victorian kerbsides will be wheelie-colorful next year with Premier forcings to implement another trash can.
In scenes reminiscent of children’s artists The Wiggles, Victorian bins now have purple, green, yellow and red lids.
The move follows the decision of the Andrews government to force all 79 councils to provide separate bins for glass, household waste, organic food and garden products, and recycling of plastic, metal and paper.
Victoria is planning to introduce a new trash can that specifically deals with the glass
Some on social media have commented that the bins resemble the iconic children’s group The Wiggles. Not intended as a violation!
Victoria’s current crop of boring green and yellow bins will soon get more colors on the rainbow
The new garbage cans will be funded with a $ 129 million package to reform the state’s recycling sector, with special arrangements for apartments and residents in rural areas.
The announcement comes just a few months after it was revealed that only 12 percent of the 103 kg of plastic waste produced per person in Australia is recycled annually, usually abroad.
In August, Prime Minister Scott Morrison pointed out that there was an “implicit promise” that if people dumped their recycling, it would actually turn into something else.
‘People think [plastic] is going to be recycled, but only about 12 percent of that, “he said.
In the past, Australia shipped huge amounts of waste to China, sold it for up to $ 150 per ton, and then washed its hands.
Much of it was recycled to fuel the country’s growth, but the industry was largely unregulated and dozens of dodgy operators burned or dumped it.
In January 2018, the Chinese government decided it was enough and banned the import of 99 percent of the recycling.
Australia’s worst waste was usually dealt with in China, far too polluted or of low quality to be worth anything.
Now only a contamination rate of 0.5 percent is tolerated and the vast majority of Australian sorting facilities simply cannot meet it.
India, Malaysia and the Philippines followed last year, so Australia turned to Indonesia, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison pointed out that there was an “implicit promise” that if people dumped their recycling, it would actually be turned into something else
Recycled waste goes into containers for export to other countries, which often dump it at a landfill
Plastic waste that was shipped from Australia to Malaysia was shipped home last year
They each receive tens of thousands of tons of alleged recycling – only Bangladesh took 51,400 in May, an increase of 270 percent over the average last year. Indonesia is about the same.
However, these countries have no such thing as the capacity of China and are not more precise about what they do with it.
Around Indonesia, the streets and rice fields of villages are now being used to harvest piles of waste because the locals put them in the sun to dry them.
The waste is then sorted and sold to tofu factories where it is incinerated in their ovens as a cheap alternative to wood.
Australian companies are slowly waking up to the reality that this state of affairs is not sustainable.
A report from the Environment and Energy Department gave a poor picture of the precarious situation in Australia as more Asian countries close their doors.
“Australia should replace approximately 1.29 million tonnes (or $ 530 million) of waste per year with replacement domestic or export markets,” the report said.
The Wiggles: the new garbage cans from Victoria will create a colorful landscape in Victorian streets next year
The real, original Wiggles: Murray Cook (Red Wiggle), Greg Page (Yellow Wiggle), Jeff Fatt (Purple Wiggle) and Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle)
In the first Australian plan to be implemented by the Victorian government, the councils could pass on the costs to ratepayers for increasing their waste collection service.
“But I think people are ready for that, they want more recycling, more end use, jobs created and fewer landfills, and that’s exactly what this policy will achieve,” Andrews said.
Part of the initiative is that Victoria has a container deposit scheme similar to South Australia.
Mr. Andrews said the initiatives would reduce waste landfill by 80 percent in ten years and signal good news to all Victorians.
“This transformation will position Victoria as a national leader in recycling. The most important thing is that it provides a system that Victorians can actually rely on, “he said.