Recycling goes to waste

PLASTICS at Wattle Range Council’s resource recovery centres are being sent to landfill as councils across the country grapple with China’s ban on foreign waste imports.

New import quotas came into effect in China in January, restricting the volume and type of waste material that can be accepted into the country.

Wattle Range Council’s two resource recovery centres in Penola and Millicent, in addition to the three waste transfer stations in Glencoe, Beachport and Furner, have seen their co-mingling recycling removed and replaced with a separate bin for paper and cardboard.

Council engineering services director Peter Halton said China’s decision to ban bales


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