Plastic barrels are now banned from recycling and are only available in small batches.
The plastic barrel recycling scheme in New South Wales has been in place for more than 15 years, but now, it has been extended to include plastic apple barrels as well.
The Queensland Government’s plan to remove plastic barrel casings from the state’s plastic barrel landfill was recently approved by the Queensland Government, but the ban on them will not be implemented until the Queensland Liquor Control Commission (QLCC) decides on a permanent ban on the practice.
“There are currently some cases where they do actually come in from the outside,” Queensland Liquors Commission (QLC) CEO Tony McDonough told News24.
“In some cases they may be recycled, but in others they may not be.”
Mr McDonoh said the Queensland government is not in a position to enforce the ban at the moment, but it is trying to make sure the state does not end up with a situation where a large amount of plastic is still being recycled.
“What we’re doing now is we’re making sure that we don’t have that issue where we’re going to end up having to get rid of those barrels,” he said.
“We’re trying to get as much of the plastic out as possible so that it doesn’t end up in landfill.”
Mr McNamara said he hopes that by reducing the number of barrels the QLC has to dispose of, they can find a solution that is both economical and safe.
“I think that the QLCC should get on board with a ban on plastic barrel reuse,” he told News23.
“That way, we can be able to focus on the other things that we’re trying really hard to focus our efforts on.”
Mr McGrath said he would like to see the Queensland Department of Agriculture (DAA) follow the Queensland Health and Human Services (HHS) and Health Department’s recommendations for plastic barrel disposals.
“It is the responsibility of the Qld DAA to ensure that the plastic barrel is properly disposed of, and that it is not dumped into a landfill, which could result in the contamination of nearby communities,” he added.
“If it does happen, we should be able and I believe should be prepared to get that plastic out of the landfill.”
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