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@malevil great thoughts and very relevant, our government has deluded to the population for decades on its recycling policies and allays pushed for consumerism for profit rather than a sustainable circular economy and sadly still does. We also are one of the few countries unlikely to meet their emission targets. Keep the push going.
@brian5971 if only it was that clear and simple, our government policies are not to be followed, they are the reason we have a massive waste epidemic currently going on here. In short governments are for profit, not the people or the environment. Take the USA for example and follow the trail you will be disheartened. We need to take control.
Keep up the good fight, together we can make the difference.
Yes it seems it’s all a massive cover up down under. I keep getting, closed off and told about Victoria’s new ‘circular economy policy’ being developed and released late 2019 which will address all concerns and will showcase how they will work around the recycling industry’s issues. Until then all activity is on hold until later notice! What does that even mean?? ‘We will do nothing until we release a policy’ which may take years. So yeah it’s all smoke mirrors and diversion form the topic. Its kind of late 2019 and parliament will shut down soon and still no information regarding this policy or any defined direction, so the waste continues to build and no way of finding out what is happening to it. It also seems there will be no support anytime soon for anyone trying to get in and help with new products and processes and recycling techniques, unless you are big business with mates connected to the political system.
You may find this article interesting. Supports what we are discussing, they are bulling anyone or thing that is pressuring them on what is going on. You could probably run a successful political campaign based off recycling at the moment.
In regards to the container deposit legislation, this debate has been going on for as long as I can remember in Vic and has been wanted by the public for decades but it never goes anywhere, so we will see.
Living in Victoria we do not have a refund scheme on any consumer recyclable goods, we never have and I dare say we never will. So the money system you refer to does not exist. We are in the process of developing a product that will consume a fair amount of recycled plastic and have run into plenty of issues sourcing such plastic in a shredded form as the recyclers we have here only sell to big business in very large quantities. When it comes to pelletised plastic, again same issue bulk purchase only but the majority of their product is being sourced from China and resold here at a premium (so not helping our waste issue on any level). We gave it to China and are now buying it back, go figure.
This is a concern as I see the amount of clean shredded plastic now starting to be produced here (vic) but I do not see where it is going and I get shut down when I investigate it to procure it for our own purposes or to where it is all actually going. I have found a very limited number of companies here that are using it or even see a demand for it. It just makes no sense that there is no end to media bashing and the government proclaiming around the amount of waste plastic we have being an ‘epidemic’ but yet when you try and get it and re-purpose it you can not.
So in that we have approached the bulk users of milk cartons being the cafe’s and they are more than happy to give it to us as its a hassle for them to store and dispose of it. I guess having a refund value you may not have the same success but if you make it easy and explain what you are doing and preventing it going to land fill you may get some positive responses. Keep on it, our Government needs a slap in the face.