Crystal Ailan recycling – a remote perspective

June 28th, 2024

Presentation by Edmund Tamwoy (Crystal Ailan)

The Torres Strait Islands face unique challenges when it comes to plastic recycling, due to their remote location and island characteristics. A total of 4.9M potentially recyclable containers enter the region annually, yet there is a disproportionately low level of plastic recovery in Far North Queensland (FNQ), with recovery rates of 1.9%. Crystal Ailan is an Indigenous Australian business located in the Torres Strait Islands (spanning 15 islands) that specialises in plastic container recovery and biosecurity decontamination. Crystal Ailan is part of the solution for the Torres Strait Island Regional Council waste management strategy, and you will hear in this presentation some of work being undertaken.