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SA targets 75pc household waste recycling

A draft waste management plan will aim for recycling of 75 per cent of South Australians' household waste.

The plan has been released for public comment over the next two months.

Under a five-year strategy, the South Australian Government says it wants to recycle three-quarters of the waste put out for kerbside collection.

The current waste recycling rate is about 55 per cent.

SA Environment Minister Paul Caica says the target is ambitious but achievable.

About 70.4 per cent of all recyclable materials are diverted from landfill. That places South Australia at the forefront of waste recycling in Australia and it's about getting to that next step," he said.

"It's always difficult to get to that next level but we believe that we will be able to achieve that."

Zero Waste SA says it is keen to get feedback from regional South Australians about how they can be better included in recycling programs.

Spokesman Ian Harvey says many targets in the Government's draft waste strategy are aimed at metropolitan Adelaide.

"Even though it's difficult we know that regional and rural South Australians still want to be able to recycle," he said.

"They feel that there's a benefit in it and it's a matter of how we can make that cost effective and how we can try and achieve some efficiencies despite the difficulties in distance to markets and the dispersed population base."

From ABC News

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