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Recycling Australia: Urban Waste company caught dumping recycling into general waste

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Workers for a private waste collection company has been caught dumping bins full of recyclable waste into garbage trucks filled with rubbish.

It comes just a week after new broke that supermarket soft plastic recycling scheme REDcycle had been stockpiling thousands of bags in warehouses and was forced to suspend it’s program indefinitely.

Now garbage collectors from the private waste company Urban Waste have been caught on camera by A Current Affair emptying recycling ‘yellow bins’ into general waste ‘red bins’.

Urban Waste services almost 500 apartment buildings and major events in Melbourne.

A Current Affair caught garbage collectors mixing the two types of rubbish at multiple properties in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.

Jeff Angel from the Boomerang Alliance – a collective of 56 Australian environmental groups – told the ACA it was very disappointing to see waste companies not following protocol.

“This company should be collecting the yellow bin separately, with a different truck, and take it to a material recycling facility where they can then do the sorting,” Mr Angel said.

“That’s the normal practice.”

He said it was unfortunate given the time that everyday Australians put into washing and separating their recycling everyday.

“People are very, very enthusiastic about recycling,” Mr Angel said.

“Unfortunately this type of publicity does lose confidence in recycling.”

NCA newswire has contacted Urban Waste for comment.

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