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Morris - Recycling crisis: no leadership from Daniel Andrews and Labor

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Thursday 6 June 2019

Recycling crisis: no leadership from Daniel Andrews and Labor

In a damning Auditor General’s report on Victoria’s recycling sector the Auditor General today reported a lack of leadership in waste management and the absence of accurate data to “…understand the nature and volume of the state’s waste, what becomes of collected recyclables, and where they end up.”

The report also says the Victorian Government is“…not minimising Victoria’s need for landfill, nor maximising the recovery and reprocessing of waste resources – recyclables.”

The audit found that:

  • Victoria has not had a state-wide waste policy since 2014
  • Roles and responsibilities in the waste resource recovery sector remain unclear
  • Sustainability Victoria is not effectively implementing the four strategies that are intended to guide the waste and resource recovery sector
  • There is not a clear plan to implement the actions in the strategies
  • There is no planning for hazardous waste infrastructure
  • The EPA had not effectively monitored and addressed the growth of inappropriatestockpiles across the state
  • Waste data is inaccurate and incomplete

The report confirmed that Daniel Andrews is starving the recycling sector of proper funding despite collecting hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the bin tax. Sustainability Victoria told VAGO that it receives insufficient funding to implement government strategies while the report confirms the $511 million Sustainability Fund is being used to prop up the Government’s budget. According to the Auditor General “Any future expenditure from the fund… will act to reduce the bottom line”.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change, David Morris:

“This audit confirms the recycling crisis gripping Victoria. It rejects the Government’s claim that nearly all recyclables collected are in fact recycled and confirms that while nearly all recyclables are sent to recovery facilities for sorting no one knows how much of this is actually recycled.”

“The report clearly demonstrates that Daniel Andrews is starving the recycling sector of proper funding despite collecting hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the bin tax. Sustainability Victoria told VAGO that it receives insufficient funding to implement government strategies.”

“Victoria is in the grip of a waste crisis and Daniel Andrews needs to stop using the proceeds of the half billion dollar bin tax to prop up his sham surplus, and start spending it to prevent a complete collapse of the recycling system.”