NSW Greens MP and Environment spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called for a Special Commission of Inquiry into waste following explosive revelations of corruption, cover-ups, illegal operators and activities and a market failure of the recycling industry.
Dr Faruqi said:
“What is clear from the 4 Corners program is that the whole waste industry in NSW stinks. There is a culture of illegal dumping, cover ups, mismanagement and dismissal of community concerns.
“In light of the very serious concerns, including for personal safety of whistle blowers, I am calling for a Special Commission of Inquiry with the power to hold hearings, compel witnesses and demand answers.
“Quite frankly, the NSW Government has not cleaned up the mess that in the waste industry. They have no political will to deal with the realities of waste. They dropped the ball and that’s why an independent special commission is a must.
“New South Wales can’t just be treating the rest of the country as its dumping ground and exporting waste to Queensland and Victoria to be buried in landfills or stockpiled.
“I think communities would be shocked to find that their recycling efforts which are made in good faith haven’t resulted in much being recycled at all. There are waste operators being paid good money by ratepayers to recycle waste and it appears that this simply isn’t happening.
“Ultimately, this has blown away any pretence that we can keep producing and consuming waste and hope that we can recycle our way out of it. We need to urgently move up the waste hierarchy and massively reduce the amount of waste being produced” she concluded.
Media contact: Matt Hilton for Mehreen Faruqi 9230 2625 / 0474 437 111