Statement on Indonesia shipping back waste
In response to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age today of Indonesia’s plan to ship 100 containers of contaminated plastic waste back to Australia, the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) acknowledges and agrees that Australia should be managing its own waste and resources and reiterates that the country does recycle millions of tonnes on-shore – though Australia needs to grow its demand and use of recovered resources.
Our waste, our resource
Let me start off by saying, Australia recycles. Can we all do better? Absolutely.
Until about two years ago, the waste and resource recovery industry was rarely in the media spotlight. That’s now changed, and while this sudden burst of attention and interest is great, there are many unknowns and misconceptions. This includes the fundamental question, after my bins are collected, when and where does recycling happen?