Metal recycling to be banned in WA after ‘lucky accident’
Metal recycling in Victoria has been banned for up to five years after a lucky accident that resulted in a metal cylinder falling off a conveyor belt.
A spokeswoman for the State Government said a “lucky incident” on the Gold Coast left a metal recycling machine falling on the conveyor system.
“A metal cylinder fell off the conveyer belt and smashed into a metal container,” she said.
“It then hit the ground with a loud bang, knocking over a metal canister and then another metal can.”
The metal can was the only one of its kind on the line and the entire line had been packed full of metal cans at the time.””
The conveyor is designed to carry containers to the metal recycling plant and the metal can would be the only container on the way to the plant.
“The spokeswoman said the accident occurred on July 1 last year and the only other containers in the line were the other metal cans.”
So there was only one metal can on the train, which is not surprising,” she added.
The State Government has banned metal recycling in the state for up, five years.
Ms Taylor said the State’s recycling scheme was working well.”
We have seen a reduction in recycling costs by up to 50 per cent and there are no other industries as reliant on this process as the metal recycler,” she told The Australian.
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