The crisis in Victoria’s recyclable waste collection network has deepened as Daniel Andrews abandons the pleas of regional recycling companies for help to avoid potential job losses.
The waste recycling collection industry in Victoria is on the brink of collapse after the Andrews Labor Government walked away from talks with regional recycling collection companies over emergency measures to enable the continued collection of recyclable waste from the roadsides beyond today.
Despite knowing since mid-2017 of a looming crisis in the recycling industry, due to China’s 1 January 2018 recyclable paper and plastic waste import ban, Daniel Andrews has failed to move on this issue for many months.
Regional communities are facing the prospect of either having their recyclable waste uncollected, or dumped into landfill, resulting in increased council rates and fees for local residents.
Because of Daniel Andrews’ failure to act, several Victorian waste recycling collection companies may face immediate closure, resulting in 150 job losses across regional Victoria.
Quotes attributed to Shadow Minister for Environment, Nick Wakeling MP:
“Daniel Andrews has cruelly refused to provide any assistance to the solving the recycling crisis in Victoria.
“Because of Daniel Andrews’ inaction, potentially 150 jobs could be lost as recycling businesses face closure, and uncollected recycling will pile up in Victorian properties.”