Australian state rolls out 4-bin recycling system to reduce landfill

MELBOURNE: The Australian state of Victoria has announced a new four-bin recycling system to help households easily sort waste and recycle and reduce landfill.

Victoria’s Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said in a statement that the four bins – purple for glass, green for food and garden organic waste, yellow for mixed recyclables and red for household waste – will be rolled out across the state by 2030, reports Xinhua News Agency.

“Over the next few years, the four bins will be able to recycle soft plastics such as plastic bags and wraps and soiled food containers, based on community needs and consultation with industry,” the minister said. .

The state has also earmarked A$1 million ($640,000) to fund a new facility that will turn hard-to-recycle materials, like beverage cartons and coffee cups, into construction products and $175,000 Australians for a green waste treatment facility. in carbon-rich organic soil additives for the agricultural industry.

According to the statement, the state government is on track to divert up to 80% of waste from landfills by 2030, thanks in part to the four-bin system, deployment of the container deposit system and the forthcoming ban on single-use products. plastics from February next year.

Clean Up Australia, a Sydney-based environmental organization, found that misconceptions were seen at all stages of the recycling process, with 47% of citizens unaware that soft plastics cannot be recycled and 15% believe that ‘they can just put everything in there. the recycling bin without sorting it.

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