New Zealand’s government recently put more than NZ$160 million towards developing a domestic recycling sector to create jobs as part of its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.New Zealand invests in growing its domestic recycling industry to create jobs and dump less rubbish at landfills
Australia’s recycling crisis is rooted in an addiction to cheap trash.
Like much of the developed world, we are hooked on dumping our rubbish in China.
For a while, it worked. China’s enormous factories were hungry for our waste paper and plastic and rubber, which they could recycle and sell back to us at a much higher price.
But China has now slammed the door shut on yang laji – “foreign garbage” – and Australia looks set to pay the price for years of complacency.