China’s Ban on Waste Affects Australia, New Zealand

China will no longer accept waste from Australia, New Zealand and other countries, which may affect waste management in both countries, including grey water recycling systems plastic recycling pants.

Australia and New Zealand face an urgent need to solve its waste management problems, as China will no longer take in waste for recycling waste from both countries.

The Chinese government announced that it would ban imported waste by 2019. As a result, it would raise fees for household waste recycling in Western Australia, while recycling companies in New Zealand scramble to find alternatives.

Recycling Workshops

Western Australia Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said that the state government would hold eight workshops in different places, including in Port Hedland. The workshops will begin in Perth on Feb. 1. These will teach residents about waste recycling and reduction. Dawson said that a reduced amount of dumped waste on landfills presents economic opportunities.
While Dawson considers the regional workshops to be useful, he remains concerned with China’s decision to stop taking in recycled waste. The move will affect prices for recycling materials in the state. If costs increase, it may hinder the state’s progress in implementing reforms in waste management.

Significant Challenges

New Zealand has made progressive strides in recycling waste materials, including grey water systems. Still, the country needs to act quickly on how to avoid problems arising from China’s decision. Statistics New Zealand data showed that recycling companies exported 41 million kilograms of plastic waste in 2017.

Exports to China accounted for more than 7 million kilograms in the same period. Hong Kong and Indonesia imported 13.5 million and 19 million kilograms, respectively. While China’s volume of imported waste seemed small, it will be problematic for Kiwi recycling firms, according to Eugenie Sage, Associate Environment Minister. Sage added that more waste might be sent to Indonesia after the Chinese policy becomes effective.


Households and business in Australia and New Zealand need to think of other ways to recycle waste, due to China’s ban. For many countries, the need to devise new waste management strategies for 2018 is now apparent.