Recycle rort exposed | A Current Affair



do the right thing and use the right bin it's been drilled into us for decades but these councils have been caught dumping your carefully sorted recycling straight into landfill the Bingham family have put the bins out and done their piece but when they find out where their recycling might be going they won't feel so relaxed it's 7:00 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and workers are diligently picking up yellow recycling bins leaving the regular trash we follow them as they take the journey to what's meant to be a recycling plant this is nothing but a tip that's right paper and plastics are heading to landfill it's Australia's recycling route yeah it makes me angry we're well in terms of behind the eight ball it's not fair on me yeah my residents that have to foot the bill by doing their depart Australians produce around 67 million tonnes of waste a year but wait won't the cyclists nearly every household participates in some way yeah our kids love they love doing the recycling and they find it really fun they love that we have the two different bins they think that it's really important because even at their daycare they're learning about what's important to recycle so when we told Alice the dirty truth about the trash that a number of Melbourne councils are now taking recycling to landfill this mum was shocked we are cleaning out the containers doing everything that they're canceled is telling us to do but then they're doing something else behind our back which is it's like outrageous slowly once sent around six hundred and twenty thousand tons of recycling waste to China every year that's almost 12 times the weight of the Sydney Harbour Bridge but in January last year China placed an import ban on twenty four types of recyclable materials sending the industry into crisis one of the reasons for the ban is what they were paying for was bad quality I've seen bales that have 40 to 50 percent paper and the rest with shoes plastic leather and all these other organic materials inside the bales Colin Lynch once worked for skm recycling one of the biggest players in the industry this whistleblower believes stockpiling bales is a huge fire and public safety risk yeah could be an absolute catastrophe if it continues that way the EPA has been monitoring recycling skm skm have experienced a number of serious blazes and now two of their Victorian facilities have been banned from accepting waste leaving many councils with nowhere to take their recycling but the tip other states are suffering the same sorts of things they may not have the issue at the moment where recycling facilities are being closed or having to change what they're doing but the potential is there because we're not selling them a tourism recycling expert Trevor Thornton says failing to act now or just impact our environment but it'll cost us – and I can just see that the rates are going to go up again we begin again to manage these types of issues that we're now facing ivory tackles going to landfill this bread wrapper what is the chance that this will actually end up being recycled in Australia very high probability it's going to the landfill right now and this is one of the easiest material to recycle into liquid-filled we are falling behind definitely and we should not fall behind the same from Monash chemical engineering say this is not it's Aussie researchers like Professor Sankar batter Shara who were trying to change the way we use waste here at Monash University they've built a prototype processing plant that turns plastic and tires into diesel fuel it should be a reality and it could really happen and in Craigieburn in Melbourne North residents have a recycled road made out of plastic bags and glass bottles it's the kind of initiative we need to see more of the federal government leaves swatches show leadership and work with the states to solve this now be outraged tell the government this isn't good enough but don't stop recycling that's the message from Gayle Sloan CEO of the waste management and resource recovery Association she says we all have a role to play families can use their purchasing power to create demand for recycled products by actually preferencing those packaging materials on the shelf that are made from recycled content and for every 10,000 tons of waste that's recycled 9.2 jobs are created one of the solutions that we've got to look at is applying incentives or disincentives so if I'm a manufacturer and I'm using virgin plastic then I should be paying a penalty when there is recycled plastics I can use they need to talk about this and put it as a priority because you know otherwise what is our future going to be you know are we just going to be living in one big dump Victoria's recycling system will now be the subject of a parliamentary inquiry the report will be delivered in August

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