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Recyclable garbage going to waste

Our garbage is going to waste with only 35 per cent of rubbish being recycled with the rest going into landfill; that’s a drop of 20 per cent in four years.

During 6PR’s Breakfast show, Steve Mills argued that he’s given up on the idea of recycling and the figures prove his point that it’s a waste him as an individual recycling if the councils aren’t doing their part.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson told Millsy and Basil Zempilas: “It is pretty dismal in Western Australia, last year we recycled about 35 per cent of household waste and the State’s target was 60 per cent, so we’ve been going down the last few years.
“We’ve all taken our foot off the pedal, and certainly Government has,” Mr Dawson said.

Some of our listeners also rubbished the councils saying their recyclable containers can’t be processed if the items are inside a plastic bag and Bill on the text line said “Local councils are only good for picking up the rubbish and now they can’t even do that right.”

Click Play to hear from Steve and Baz as well as the Environment Minister and our callers.

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Gareth Parker