China’s foreign waste ban is forcing Australia to rethink recycling

A ‘wake-up call’ for Australia

“I think this is a real wake-up call for Australia,” said Mehreen Faruqi, a New South Wales Greens Member of Parliament. “We can’t keep producing waste and export our responsibility to another country to deal with it.”

Despite this perceived setback, industry experts say there are benefits for Australia to process all of the waste materials it generates each year.

“I’ve seen lots of data around that if you recycle and do manufacturing jobs you get 4 times the benefits as opposed to landfilling or trading,” said Waste Management Association of Australia CEO Gayle Sloan.

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