18/06/2019 | David Speirs MP | Better Services | More Jobs

The Marshall Liberal Government will improve environmental outcomes and generate more than 200 on-going waste industry jobs thanks to a $12 million recycling transition package.

The 2019-20 State Budget will deliver $12 million of new funding over four years to the Waste and Resource Recovery Modernisation and Council Transition Package.

The package aims to boost recycling and resource recovery and keep waste out of landfill through investment, infrastructure, education and modernisation of council and industry collection services.

This funding is on top of the $12.4 million support package announced in 2018 to help the recycling industry and local government in response to China’s National Sword Policy.

The Solid Waste Levy will increase to $110 per tonne on July 1 and then to $140 per tonne on January 1, 2020, providing a strong signal that all efforts should be made to reduce landfill through recycling or resource recovery.

The Solid Waste Levy increase is being used to fund significant environmental projects with the 2019-20 State Budget including more than $64 million of new funding towards practical environmental action including waste management and coastal protection.

Of the $12 million waste management package, $5.5 million of funding will be provided to councils and industry to upgrade and standardise waste collection and recycling services as well as expand education aimed at improving recycling knowledge in the community.

$4 million of grant funding will be available to councils and industry to enable investment in modern infrastructure to improve processing which will increase efficiency and boost jobs, and $500,000 to help local governments implement new waste management strategies.

$1.6 million will be provided for compliance and audit to ensure the integrity of the waste and resource recovery sector and $400,000 to enable a review of the container deposit scheme.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the funding will help councils modernise their waste management practices and reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.

“The Marshall Liberal Government’s 2019-20 State Budget has a focus on practical action to deal with our changing climate which will improve environmental outcomes at the same time as growing our economy,” said Minister Speirs.

“We know that landfill is one of the most significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions that are incredibly harmful to our climate,” said Minister Speirs. 

“We need to send a strong message that more needs to be done to reduce these damaging emissions and that councils need to have the tools to divert more for resource recovery and continue moving South Australia towards a truly circular economy.

“These announcements will lead to less waste sent to landfill, a reduction in emissions, and will also provide vital stimulus to our world-leading waste management and resource recovery sector, leading to potentially more than 200 jobs here in South Australia.

“The waste management and resource recovery industry is a major player in South Australia’s economy with approximately 4,800 people employed and we want to this number to grow.

“For every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled there are 9.2 full time jobs created compared to 2.8 jobs when sent to landfill.

“As it stands as much as 40 per cent of the material in our household waste bins sent to landfill is food and organic waste which could be diverted through the organics bin.

“When organic material gets sent to landfill it generates Methane. Methane is up to 25 times worse as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming. Every 1,000 tonnes of organic material diverted from landfill can save 600 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions.

“Through better collection systems, infrastructure and education, by 2020 we want to see a 35 per cent reduction in waste to landfill on 2003 numbers.

“China’s National Sword Policy has provided the industry with a challenge but this funding package on top of support already provided in last year’s State Budget will help modernise and transition our resource recovery sector."