The mounting waste problems in Australia is dumped in the national spotlight of the local government’s forum in Canberra. It was in the initial period of this year that China imposed a ban on the recyclables imported from other regions of the world. This ban threw the local industries into turmoil. Earlier about six lakh tonnes of recyclable materials were being exported to China per year. It was the failure of the local councils to offload the recycled rubbish.
David O’Loughlin conveyed, “Waste is a dreadfully complex issue. It used to be easier when we dug a hole and pushed it all in.” David O’Loughlin is the president of ALGA. ALGA stands for Australian Local Government Association. The altitudes responsible for recycling the products are in the proactive state. The Australian Local Government Association estimates about more than ninety per cent people to be supportive towards the national action plan.
Mr O’Loughlin further adds, “People who are processing recycling materials are not finding a market for them. Illegal dumping eroded community confidence in councils, but he stopped short of condemning stockpiling. Stockpiling on someone’s land is cheaper than landfill — not better but means it’s available for future use.”
The ALGA urges its member councils to take the initiatives in establishing healthy relationships with the industries contributing towards domestic recycling.
The recycled materials find their applications in generating everything from street furniture to the maintenance of the roads. About forty per cent of federal grants from the local governments are being used for funding the construction of local roads. Australian Local Government Association predicts a boost for the domestic waste industry. This prediction was possible if more roads were constructed with recyclables as the raw materials.
Mr O’Loughlin concludes, “That’s a big campaign push for us in the next federal election. We cannot recover our sustainability without getting our funding sorted.”