While the Central Goldfields has so far escaped the brunt of the country’s recycling crisis, Victoria’s recycling industry could be in for a major overhaul with the release of a report into the state’s recycling system last month.
Preliminary findings in Infrastructure Victoria’s Recycling and Resource Recovery Infrastructure report could potentially see Victorians sorting their rubbish into at least five separate crates.
The report has found Victoria’s current co-mingled system does not produce sufficiently clean streams to support end markets for recycled materials and is unable to keep up with the state’s growing waste generation.
According to the report, waste generation in Victoria has increased from 7.4 million tonnes in 2000 to 13.4 million tonnes in 2017-18 and 63 percent of all municipal solid waste (waste generated from households) was disposed to landfill during that 2017-18 period.
While the report stated there’s “no silver bullet” to improving recycling and resource recovery, it identified a number of key ways that could address the issue.
Currently, Victoria’s 79 local councils each have different recycling services and requirements.
The report found that differences between council approaches can lead to confusion and contamination of material streams and that a more consistent approach to sorting and collecting waste could be a solution.
However, Central Goldfields Shire chief administrator Noel Harvey said a one size fits all plan is not the right solution, particularly for rural areas.
“I don’t think rural municipalities’ needs are something that’s really been taken into account,” he said.
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