Tatiara safe from recycling squeeze

The Tatiara district has been shielded from the impact on recycling that China’s ban on foreign waste has caused elsewhere.

The Limestone Coast creates more landfill than any other regional area in the state and towns such as Naracoorte have recently felt the economical and environmental burden of the foreign waste ban.

Tatiara District Council said the changes had not affected normal procedures. 

Council CEO Anne Champness said thanks to the council’s waste management contract, nothing had to change. 

“We are fortunate enough to have this contract in place,” Mrs Champness said. “We’ve had really low rates of contamination in our recycling, and because the rates are so low, our contracts are still in place.

“We’ve been really diligent with our recycling.”

The owners of the Bordertown Recycling Depot said their business had also not been affected at all by the impact of China’s foreign waste policy.

“We only take the 10 cent stuff, it hasn’t affected us because we don’t deal with kerbside rubbish,” said recycling depot owner Deborah Fell. 

Mrs Champness said recycling practices in other areas had fallen down because of the contamination in their recycling. 

“Their recycling is contaminated with other waste and the companies that used to take it have had to pull out,” Mrs Champness said. 

“People have been upset at times the council has not picked up their recycling because it’s been contaminated, but it’s actually all in the best interest of the community.”

Mrs Champness said the Tatiara council thanked the community for being so committed to recycling procedures and protocols.  

Mrs Champness reiterated the fact the council and community need to continue working together to avoid future issues.

“This is not to say that sometime down the track we will not have issues,” she said. 

“But for now the Tatiara is fine!”