In a nutshell, we are in trouble with our rubbish!
And that's because China stopped taking our garbage around a year ago, and things are looking bleak in Australia right now.
China had to say no to Aussie plastic, textiles and mixed paper because of its high contamination rate.
Before the ban, Australia was transporting 619,000 tonnes of recycling waste to China every year.
In Victoria alone, some facilities recently had to stop taking recyclables because they had reached capacity.
Over 200 dangerous stockpiles of recycling waste were identified across Victoria just last year.
NSW has also been in trouble, seems their rubbish is expanding far greater than they had even imagined.
So all in all, recycling waste in many places has ended up at landfill, with waste companies stockpiling the materials.
What can we do?
Well, we are being urged to become more recycling savvy and reduce the contamination in our recycling materials.
Another option was discussed at a summit in Sydney today, where councillors, industry experts, waste management officers and politicians all came together.