Australia being costed $324 million for the bad recycling bad habits

A study by accounting company EY discovered that Australia does not have the infrastructure in place to guarantee an adequate closed-loop recycling scheme and that views of households need a full revision so that products placed in these recycling bins are regarded as a commodity with market value.

EY found that the country lacks $324 million in recyclable materials based on present commodity prices for cardboard, glass and plastic packaging that could eventually be used in manufacturing and construction if a better scheme was in order.

It was a complicated problem, Mr Jeyaretnam said, but a significant overhaul was required. He also said that it’s a multi-level problem. The “co-mingling” of paper, glass, plastic and cardboard in one bin, Carly Whitington said, implied elevated contamination levels. These contamination levels ranged from 4 to 16% of recyclable material gathered on average.

An abrupt decision by the Chinese authorities to dramatically tighten constraints on the amount of contamination they would tolerate in 24 kinds of recyclable waste from around the globe interrupted the worldwide recycling trade early last year.

Households must be re-educated so that households properly sort materials before they go to the recycling bin, better general education as well as a distinct system where compartments for distinct kinds of materials or distinct containers for each type of glass, plastic, and paper were all choices.

Dr. Emily Heath, a behavioral neuroscientist with EY, told that there was a lack of infrastructure and comprehension and some families were “comfort recyclers,” recycling only when it was easier for them to do so.

State Prime Ministers as well as Prime Minister Scott Morrison, at last month’s session of the Council of Australian Governments decided to set a schedule for banning the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tires and reducing the quantity of waste going to landfill.