“The Victorian government is stepping in with a $13 million recycling-crisis rescue package – but it won’t be enough to stop councils hiking rates by up to 5 per cent, or stop recycling going to landfill…
The government will also set up a recycling industry taskforce to find a long-term solution.
Ms D’Ambrosio’s office confirmed that until such a solution is found, recycling will be stockpiled or dumped in landfill.
“This is about protecting jobs and ensuring Victorians have confidence to continue recycling,” the minister said in a statement.
The industry believes a long-term solution will probably require major government investment…
Options to solve the crisis
In the long-term, recyclers could seek funding from the government to invest in reducing contamination, as Polytrade is calling for…
Alternatively, the government could subsidise a local manufacturing industry to turn waste products into plastic, glass and cardboard.
“If you don’t invest in your own recycling industry, you’re always beholden to another country – and those countries may not always want to take our rubbish,” Mr Piper said.
The last option: sending Victoria’s plastic, paper and glass waste to landfill.”