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South Australia to recycle 75 percent of all waste by 2015

08-04-2010 16:15 BJT

CANBERRA, Aug. 4 (Xinhua)-- South Australia on Wednesday said the state wants households to recycle 75 percent of all waste by 2015.

The state government has also set a target to recycle 90 percent of all construction and demolition waste and 75 percent of all commercial and industrial waste.

The plans have been outlined in draft strategy released for public consultation.

Environment Minister Paul Caica said South Australia continued to lead the nation in waste management and resource recovery.

"While the focus of the strategy for the next five years remains on reducing waste going to landfill, greater emphasis will be placed on sustainability," Caica said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The new draft strategy builds on the good work achieved so far, takes advantage of an improved national focus and recognizes sustainability as a key principle for prosperity," Caica said.

The minister said that new measures in the strategy included promoting green business practices and involving more businesses in workplace recycling.

While South Australia continued to generate more waste, less was ending up in landfill.

"In the past five years we have achieved excellent successes and forged strong and productive collaborative partnerships and reached many of the targets and actions we set for ourselves with a whole of community effort," Caica said.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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