China Bans Importing Waste

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Waste collectors in Australia are struggling after China banned accepting recycled rubbish from other countries.

Australian waste collectors sell the vast majority of their recyclables to commodity traders who then on-sell the product to overseas markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and China for remanufacture.

China was Australia’s biggest buyer, taking 600,000 tonnes of material each year, but since January the Asian powerhouse has stopped importing 24 categories of solid waste to reduce pollution. Read More

As a result waste collectors across Western Australia are scrambling to find new markets for their recyclables to avoid disrupting kerbside bin collection and the prospect of sending growing stockpiles to landfill, after China’s decision to stop accepting “contaminated waste” from Australia.

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