Media Release

20 February 2018

Wakeling: It’s been 218 days and still no action from Daniel Andrews

Tuesday 20 February 2018

It’s been 218 days and still no action from Daniel Andrews

Daniel Andrews and his environment minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, have sat on their hands for 218 days as a growing crisis in the state’s waste collection and recycling sector continues.

On 18 July 2017, China announced it would impose an import ban on certain types of plastic and paper waste from the end of 2017. Since then, the Andrews Labor Government has failed to act to protect Victorians from the fallout of the ban.

In January 2018, twenty-two country Victorian councils were warned that curbside collection could stop altogether after one recycler suspended its contracts with five waste collection companies servicing those areas.

The twenty-two councils now face mounting pressure to absorb the additional cost of collection, cut community services, or increase their rates on local families and businesses to make sure bins are emptied.

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

“It now looks certain Victorians will be hurting in the hip pocket once again because of another stuff up by the Andrews Labor Government.

“It’s been 218 days since the Andrews Government were warned about this impending recycling crisis. For 218 days this Government has sat on its hands instead of working to find a solution.

“Victorians are already doing it tough with cost of living pressures and can’t afford to be digging deeper into their pockets because of Daniel Andrews’ incompetence.”