ROCKINGHAM residents are urged to recycle correctly after China’s refusal to take Australia’s recycled waste due to contamination last week.
While the City of Rockingham is not directly impacted by China’s decision an oversupply has created a decline in the material’s asking price.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the development was a timely reminder for residents to recycle correctly.
“The recent changes to China’s policy on importing recyclable material are not directly impacting the sale of our recyclables,” he said.
“Those changes have, however, created an oversupply of recyclables in the global marketplace, and their value has declined, making it more important than ever that householders make sure they put their waste in the correct bin.
“Currently about 18 per cent of our recyclable material is contaminated with household waste, and cannot be used.”
The City’s recyclable materials are sent to Suez’s Materials Recycling Facility in Bibra Lake where glass is recovered and reused locally, and the other products are exported to overseas markets including Indonesia, Thailand and India.