The continued increase of waste disposal levies in NSW and other states represents pressure from the EPA on councils to find creative ways to decrease general waste and increase recycling. This is part of a broader vision for this country to trend towards a circular economy, a time when product cycles are sustainable, and all waste is converted into useful products.
The late 80s and early 90s saw the introduction of kerbside recycling schemes, initially in Sydney, spreading to the other major centres and more recently to regional areas. In 1992, Australia became one of the first countries to have a national voluntary recycling plan giving commitments at all levels of industry. However, we cannot rest on our laurels. The growing impact of waste pollution is causing growing, catastrophic impacts to people and planet. The transition to circular economy is a global movement, and the inevitable destination for our consumer culture.