Frankston ratepayers will have to pay a $38 increase annually for recycling in wake of China’s new recycling policies.
Frankson’s decision is the latest development in an ongoing saga as Australian councils struggle to find solutions for their rate-payers waste, the Bayside News reports.
Late last year China announced they would no longer be accepting 99% of waste exports previously shipped from Australia. – creating a serious issue for Australian councils.
Maroondah Council will also raise its charges for bin collection by $68 a year - which comes to $324 per household it was announced last month.
Last month Ipswich council announced they would no longer be collecting curbside recycling until a solution could be found.
Frankston Council expects the recycling charge will rise by 75 cents a week – which adds up to an additional $38 annually per household. This charge is separate to rates.
It’s expected the annual cost of recycling across the Frankston municipality will rise by about $2 million over all.
The mayor said about 15,000 tonnes of recyclables is annually collected from kerbside bins.