This has been going on for years, yet the greenies never call out those that cause this. Send it back and bill them for it. If Australia is made to shoulder it’s responsibilities then so should other countries in the region. We are not responsible for other people’s junk.
And in that sentiment; if our country was really intent on recycling we would have weekly recycling services instead of the pathetic fortnightly service. I don’t see mass protests about that! Not everyone has a car to take waste to the recycling depots. Those recycling depots are often messy and not very well policed to stop illegal dumping.
Manufacturers should also be made to provide biodegradable packaging and not put the blame on consumers for decades. Even the media have been denigrating the public for the waste generated until recently. Unbelievable considering we are consumers and not manufacturing the waste. No one gave the media the smack down for that. The media is not our friend and never was, when they stoop to gutter level and accuse the public and never put any blame on manufacturers you know something is wrong.
If any government was really intent on reducing waste, then make manufacturers take back all the waste from everyone that buys their products, from Televisions and white goods to packaging for food. Put a time limit on collecting the waste too and fine them if they don’t follow the rules. It’s the manufacturers that must bear the responsibility on that. However anything that is personal hygiene related such as razors and toothbrushes, tooth picks etc, should have a disposal depot just like medical waste does. If you can’t provide this service then don’t make the product and expect the public to foot the bill.