Madness of several million dollars: the Australian waste recycling system costs the country $ 324 million each year – experts say ANOTHER household trash can be the solution
- A report found that Australian households waste money by polluting bins
- Hundreds of millions of dollars are lost by combining recyclable material with other waste
- EY believes that a fourth container or the use of dividing lines with education can change this
- Recyclable materials can be re-made into products worth $ 324 million
Australia would be $ 324 million better off than we have recycled better, a new report has revealed.
As a result of pollution, much of the recyclable waste is taken from land to landfill.
According to a Ernst and Young report, only $ 4.2 million per year is made from recycling.
The report said that people should consider recycling waste as a precious resource.
& # 39; We need to realize our waste and treat it as a marketable commodity, such as iron ore or gold, rather than just waste & # 39 ;, said Eerence partner for climate change and sustainability, Terence Jeyaretnam.
The & # 39; co-mingled method & # 39; – with all recycling waste put in the same trash bin – reduces the value of the waste collected from a typical trash bin to $ 2 per tonne, according to the EY report.
The report found that Australia could get as much as $ 156 per tonne if recycling was better sorted and different types of waste were distributed in different bins.
Three bins can become four after consulting firm EY discovered that households waste hundreds of millions of dollars through contaminated recycling bins (stock image)
& # 39; The old way to sort our waste is not suitable for Australia in the 21st century.
& # 39; Not only does it lead to poor results for the environment, it also prevents us from seizing an opportunity worth hundreds of millions a year. & # 39;
To combat the problem of contaminated waste, officials in Victoria are considering the introduction of a fourth waste bin.
This would be consistent with New South Wales' approach to having separate boxes for cardboard and glass.
Under the current system in Victoria, broken glass gets dust on paper, making it less valuable.
Sometimes cardboard and bottles are contaminated with food, which means that they cannot be recycled and have to be sent to a landfill.
A high-density polyethylene milk bottle collected as mixed plastic waste has a market value of $ 110 per tonne – well below the market value for clean bottles of $ 500 per tonne.
& # 39; The contamination rate in Australia is on average between four and 16 percent of the recyclable material collected & # 39; said the report.
EY believes that using distributors or having a fourth container can cause contamination, allowing recyclable materials to be re-made into new products worth $ 324 million (stock image)
& # 39; These high contamination rates are an important reason why Asian countries have closed their doors to Australia's waste. & # 39;
Australia's recycling industry is in crisis after several countries abroad have stopped collecting Australian waste and local processors were unable to keep up with demand.
Major player SKM Recycling collapsed by millions of dollars after regulators closed some of its processing plants and it was no longer able to recycle abroad.
Victorian municipalities are currently paying to send recycling directly to the landfill instead of having it processed.
The EY report recommends better education on pollution, making it easier to recycle, improving sorting and developing new markets for recyclable materials.
In August, Daily Mail Australia reported how recycling a & # 39; scam & # 39; is after Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted that only 12 percent is actually recycled in Australia.
Millions of tons are shipped instead to Southeast Asian countries where much of it is burned, buried or simply dumped in a landfill.
Millions more are piling up in huge storage facilities of Australian municipalities and their contractors – or sent to the tip – because they can't sell it.
Councils, especially in Victoria, do not know what to do with tens of thousands of tons of recycling
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