Does Australia have a recycling problem?
Indonesia has returned a container load of recyclables to Australia. The material reportedly did not meet their stringent import requirements.
They are the latest Southeast Asian country to refuse Australia’s recycling waste. In January 2018, China stopped buying our recyclables until contamination could be reduced significantly.
This should have been a wake-up call that we need to improve our recycling industry and take urgent steps to reduce our reliance on overseas destinations for our recyclables.
Trevor Thornton from Deakin University is a Professor for the School of life and environmental sciences joined 2SER The Daily to discuss what needs to be done to address this problem.