Photo caption: Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley and Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton received a tour of the Australian Recycled Plastics facility in Narrabri from Operations Manager Terrence Duncan and owner operator Dale Smith.
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley today joined Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton in Narrabri highlighting the important role that regional Australia can play in Australia’s recycling transformation, and the need to ensure remote and regional communities have access to recycling opportunities.
Minister Ley said that Australian Recycled Plastics’ facility at Narrabri is one of the few recycling facilities in Australia, that can simultaneously sort HDPE, PET and coloured plastic.
“As we enter National Recycling week, this is an important example of the innovation that comes from regional communities and a reminder that recycling is important for the environment and for jobs,” Minister Ley said.
“A key focus of the Morrison Government is ensuring that we address the imbalance in many regional and remote communities when it comes to recycling opportunities.
“Today we announced with the NSW Government the opening of grants ranging from $100,000 to $1 million for projects to boost recycling capacity in rural and regional areas.
“Regional communities have a big role to play but we also recognise the unique recycling challenges for many areas.”
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said that Australian Recycled Plastics was a success story for the region and an important reminder of the contribution rural Australia can make.
“Recycled Plastics takes materials from our kerbside recycling bins and produces PET Flake and HDPE Flake which can be used in many other industries,” Mr Coulton said.
“The Morrison Government understands the important role that regional and rural Australia has in the environment and the economy.
“There are, at the same time, some unique recycling challenges in regional areas and it is important that they are recognised. It is great to see the Minister in our region to discuss these with the community.”