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What the Swedes can teach us about recycling

Kerbside recycling is under threat in Australia, as councils are forced to stockpile or dump bottles and cans in landfill.

Kerbside recycling is under threat in Australia, as councils are forced to stockpile or dump bottles and cans in landfill. Photo: Getty

Australia has a recycling crisis. That became crystal clear this week, when Ipswich City Council abandoned its recycling program following concerns over spiralling costs.

After a public backlash, the Queensland council reversed its decision the next day, but the initial moved sparked dire warnings of a cascade of other councils following Ipswich’s lead.

“We believe it’ll be the first of many in Queensland, and indeed across Australia,” Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said about Ipswich’s initial move.

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