We cant pretend that this is all "someone else's disposable razor head / water bottle" or "another country's plastic problem". This is all ALL of us. Every single piece we use, we contribute. But in the same way, ever time we make a better choice 💙, it counts 🙏🌏 Please keep making better and better choices.

60 Minutes: Australia’s recycling industry now ‘mostly a con’ after China closes doors to plastic waste


Most Australians think they’re doing the right thing when they take their recycling bins to the curb every fortnight. 

But our belief that we’re doing our part for the environment is somewhat misguided: Australia’s plastic recycling industry is largely a con.

Tonight on 60 Minutes, reporter Liam Bartlett exposes our national recycling lie: that the majority of our plastic waste is not being reused or recycled at all. Instead it is ending up dumped, buried or even burned in illegal processing locations in Southeast Asia.


Plastic, Not so Fantastic’ airs at the special time of 7pm tonight on Channel 9. For more on 60 Minutes, visit the official website.

For over 20 years, Australia’s plastic recycling industry was reliant on China, which bought our mixed and often contaminated plastic waste, and melted it down into new plastic products to sell back to us and the rest of the world.

But in January 2018, China closed its doors to Australia’s plastic waste.

Since then, tonnes and tonnes of mixed plastic has been accumulating in the yards and warehouses of many Australian recycling companies without the infrastructure or resources to reprocess these products on home soil.

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Christina Scotson