Australia’s Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg have just set a new goal for the country, one that will affect Australia and Adelaide Packaging Supplies; a bold step for the country and its packaging industry.
The Environment Minister set the target that all of the country’s packaging will either be reusable or recyclable by the year 2025, as part of a plan to cut down on the country’s waste production following an embargo on recyclable imports set by China.
The government has pledged to improve on Australia’s recycling endeavours, part of which include utilizing waste for the construction of road and construction developments, as well as limiting the food leftovers the country makes. The packaging industry has already agreed to this new endeavour, saying that they’ll follow the terms, to only use materials which are either compostable, reusable, recyclable or all three.
This would be a big help with Australia’s efforts for dealing with untreatable waste, as the packaging industry, with its Australia and Adelaide Packaging Supplies, account for a large chunk of the country’s production of untreatable waste. Ordinary Aussies, however, are also expected to help out with these efforts, going beyond ensuring that their recycling bin is full.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull issued a statement to the Australian people, saying that there was little doubt that they need to recycle more waste, which will start with the country looking at how it can cut down on the waste it produces and how much it can actually reduce.
Currently, Australia produces about 64 million tonnes of waste annually, with about 35 million tonnes of it being recycled. The country exports about 4 million tonnes of its recyclable material, with 1.3 million of that going to China, which has recently put an embargo on these products from around 100 countries across the world, Australia included, and which has lead to the problem at had.
The garbage that Aussies were sending to China accounted for 30% of recyclable paper and 35% of recyclable plastic the country produces, about 4% of all recycling done by the country.
The extra garbage could be used to power the country, but the government had already spent $200 million on that particular front. The last resort would be to dig holes across the country and dump the waste in them, but Mr. Turnbull is confident in Australians, who he says are good at recycling; they simply needed to do more as a country.