WMRR responds to SKM notices

15 February 2019

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) acknowledges that some of the challenges that were highlighted by China’s National Sword policy remain, that being the critical lack of remanufacturing infrastructure in Australia.

This lack of infrastructure has been exacerbated by the seasonal increase over Christmas and the traditional Chinese New Year closure of mills.

“The Victorian Government has taken important initial steps to resolving some of the State’s challenges through the injection of $24 million in procurement and infrastructure,” WMRR CEO, Ms Gayle Sloan, said. 

“However, this is not a quick fix as Victoria, like the rest of Australia, lacks the infrastructure to cope with the State’s vast volumes of recyclables.

“We support and promote best practice operations and reiterate that managing our waste and recyclables is a shared responsibility. To that end, industry is continuing to work with the Victorian Government to drive domestic processing, remanufacturing, and ultimately, domestic market demand for recycled products.

“Doing so will take time and a concerted effort by all stakeholders in the supply chain. In the meantime, the industry is working hard to maintain and grow its capacity in order to continue to provide essential waste and resource recovery services to the community.”