Dealing with the growing recycling crisis | ABC News

It’s been a year since China’s ban on foreign waste sent shockwaves through Australia’s recycling industry.

It meant we suddenly had 1.2 million tonnes of waste to find a new home for.

That sounds like a massive figure, but it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the 111 million tonnes that previously went to China from all over the world.

So far that’s gone to countries like Thailand where foreign waste imports leapt 400 per cent. But they’ve now announced similar bans.

It means a solution right here at home is more urgent than ever.

As finance correspondent Philip Lasker explains, some businesses are trying, but they say they need government help to deal with the crisis.

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