Victorians are keen recyclers. Over the last 30 years recycling has become embedded as a key service that Victorians use and expect.
The recycling sector is also an important part of Victoria’s economy, adding value and creating jobs.
In early 2018, China introduced new trade measures that impose strict quality standards on the import of low quality mixed recyclable materials, including plastic, paper and cardboard.
Previously China received over half of the world’s recyclable materials, and while we process most of our own recyclable materials here in Victoria, we are still affected by changes to global commodity markets.
Victorian Government recycling industry response and next steps
In July 2018, the Victorian Government released a $37million Recycling Industry Strategic Plan that sets out the pathway to a safe, resilient and efficient recycling system in Victoria.
More information about the Victorian Government’s recycling industry response
|Key milestone||Anticipated date||Completed|
Victorian Government announced $13 million package for councils and industry to support the ongoing kerbside collection of household recyclable waste.
Victorian Government established the Recycling Markets Taskforce with the purpose of developing a plan to stabilise the state’s recycling industry.
Australian Environment Ministers met to ensure long-term sustainability of Australia’s recycling system.
|Victorian Government released a $37million Recycling Industry Strategic Plan||July 2018|
Victorian Government (including department and agencies) prepares to implement Recycling Industry Strategic Plan which will involve, for example:
|Beyond July 2018||In progress
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