Media Release

15 June 2018

Wakeling: After 333 days, still no plan to deal with Victoria’s recycling crisis

Friday 15 June 2018

After 333 days, still no plan to deal with Victoria’s recycling crisis

The Andrews Labor Government today admitted they still don’t have a plan to deal with Victoria’s growing kerbside waste and recycling crisis, despite claims the government knew about the looming crisis since May 2017.

Earlier this year, Labor announced it would create a recycling industry taskforce to develop a strategic plan, but it’s now 333 days since China’s recycling import ban announcement and there’s still no plan.

In statements made at this morning’s PAEC hearings, Environment Minister Lily D’Ambroiso said the government “didn’t need to” step in to fix the crisis following China’s ban, which took effect on 1 January.

Daniel Andrews and his government continue to push responsibility on to local councils, which are now being forced to increase household waste collection fees by up to 40 percent in some areas.

At the same time, charities are also being forced to take an $800,000 cut in funding to deal with the growing occurrence of illegal dumping of rubbish on op-shop store door-fronts.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Environment, Nick Wakeling MP:

“Increases to council rates, just to have bins collected, is another broken promise by Daniel Andrews, who promised no new taxes at the last election.

“Under Daniel Andrews, some residents will now pay up to $93 more from 1 July just to have their kerbside recycling bins collected, on top of rising electricity bills.”