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New free drop off point for recyclables

Thursday, 22 August In

Residents can now drop their recyclables off for free at the Moonee Valley Transfer Station.

We know Moonee Valley residents care deeply about the environment. Many of you have even been stockpiling your recyclables to avoid having them sent to landfill while the SKM crisis continues, so we know you’ll be happy to hear this news.

Until our recycling collection returns to normal, you can now drop off separated household recyclable materials at our Transfer Station seven days a week!

The new drop-off point will operate from Mondays to Saturdays (8am-4pm) and Sundays (8am-1pm) and can be accessed by entering the gate on the left on Holmes Road.

The gate is usually used by staff to access the depot.

You’ll be able to drop off clean paper, cardboard, metal such as cans, and plastic bottles and containers. These items will be recycled with Australian Paper Recovery and Alex Fraser Group and not sent to landfill. There’s also a separate skip for glass bottles and jars. The glass will then be recycled into road base by Alex Fraser Group.

There’ll be staff at the entrance to guide you in and to help you make sure you put your stuff in the right bin. And lots of signs to help you out.

Free van hire to drop off recycling

We're very grateful to car share company GoGet, which has announced it's offering free van hire to anyone wanting to collect their street's recycling and drop it off at our transfer station.

If you decide to take advantage of the offer don't forget to grab your neighbours' recycling as well and take it all together in one load!

Just a reminder to please clean and separate your cardboard, metal, plastic and glass before bringing it to the Transfer Station.

Where to from here?

We're one of 31 councils that were affected by the closure of SKM. While we have tried to come to an arrangement with Victoria's other major recycling provider, Visy, to collect our recyclables during this immediate period, unfortunately they have advised us they are at capacity.

In the meantime, you can rest assured that we’re working with the State Government to investigate long-term solutions to manage recycling. It’s more important than ever that the State Government works towards bolstering our local capacity to sort and reprocess materials and developing local markets for recycled materials drawing on the more than half a billion dollars in the Sustainability Fund that has been collected from councils. 

At the very least we believe a Container Deposit Scheme, as is available in all other states and territories, is crucial to any recycling system. 

And remember, we continue to encourage you where possible to avoid, reduce or reuse, and then recycle, and we have a number of initiatives to make this as easy as possible. This includes our free, permanent TechCollect e-waste drop off point at the Transfer Station and Specialty Recycling Stations at the Avondale Heights, Niddrie and Sam Merrifield Libraries.

 

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