Victorian Government provides interim support to councils on recycling

The Victorian Government has announced a $13 million package for councils and industry to support the ongoing kerbside collection of household recyclable waste.

The assistance will support all councils impacted by China’s decision to restrict the import of recyclable materials – giving them and their contractors time to develop longer-term solutions, including renegotiating contracts.

The Government will also establish a recycling industry taskforce to develop a strategic plan for industry transition.

While China has not completely banned the import of all recycled plastic and paper, they now require a cleaner, more processed version of these materials.

The Victorian recycling industry is taking steps to upgrade infrastructure and systems so it can meet those standards, but this process will take time.

The Labor Government is making record investments in programs to develop markets for recovered resources, facilitate private investment in resource recovery infrastructure, and educate households and businesses about how to better manage waste

Council assistance will be provided until 30 June 2018. Councils will be required to meet any increase in recycling costs from 1 July 2018 onwards.

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