As Australia faces a growing recycling headache, it is hoped the Six-bin system would lead to less contamination.
Last year, China decided to stop importing waste from Australia into the country because the contents were contaminated. Since then, South-East Asian nations such as the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam have also pushed back against being the world’s dumping ground.
The proposed idea is to separate the wastes of households in Victoria (State in Australia) would have six separate bins for paper, glass, metal, plastic, organic material and other waste as the landfill have skyrocketed with nowhere to dump the re-usable waste.
The project director at Infrastructure Victoria, Elissa McNamara came up with the idea and said, “It was time to update our bin system that had been around for 20 years. The glass gets broken, paper and cardboard get tiny particles of glass in it … they’re so mixed up and contaminated that it’s really hard to extract a high-value material that can be recycled.”
The state has nearly doubled the amount of waste it dumped between 2000 and 2018 from 7.4 million tonnes to 13.4 million tonnes each year. People should make better use of food waste after a bin audit found out that food made up about 35 per cent of the weight of household bins. Victoria shipped nearly all of its plastic exports and 75 per cent of its paper and cardboard to China before it banned the imports.