There is no doubt Victoria’s recycling industry is under pressure right now and this has impacted our recycling collection.
The company we use to process our recyclables, SKM Recycling, has today advised it won’t be taking recyclables at any of its sites.
This comes just over a week after the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) ordered SKM to stop accepting glass at its Coolaroo facility due to the fire risk posed by stockpiles of waste.
This means that, at the moment, we have no other option than to send our kerbside recycling to landfill.
We’re hoping the situation will resolve quickly and will keep you updated as soon as we know more.
Sending recyclables to landfill is a last resort that we take very seriously, however our priority has to be the health and safety of our residents.
What should you do with your recycling?
There is no impact on the collection of household recycling bins, so you should keep putting your recycling bin out for collection as usual.
In the meantime, if you do want to hold back your recycling until recycling continues as normal, you are welcome to.
What is Council doing about recycling?
It is more important than ever that the State Government works towards developing local markets for recycled materials. We are working with them to investigate long-term solutions to manage recycling.
We are also working with other affected councils through the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) to determine the best way forward.
Importantly, we remain committed to reducing the amount of waste produced across the board and encourage you to do the same.
What can you do to help?
Everyone needs to reduce the amount of waste we produce.
This means reducing the products you buy and repairing and sharing the items you already have, switching single-use items for reusable items, and using recycling as a last resort.
When you do recycle, be careful not to contaminate your recycling with non-recyclable items. We are still seeing lots of recycling in plastic bags, plus people putting nappies, Styrofoam, glass (other than bottles), and garbage in their recycling, which means none of it can be recycled, which then causes stockpiles of rubbish at recycling processing sites.
Tips for reducing waste:
- Choose low or no packaging items in the supermarket – shop at the deli, butcher or fishmonger for paper-wrapped items or bring your own container
- Say no to straws and plastic bags (try putting your fruit and veg in reusable bags or the paper bags at the supermarket)
- Keep a reusable coffee cup in your car / at your desk / wherever is most helpful for you and remember to use it
- Put reusable shopping bags in your car and take reusable containers with you
- Eat in rather than ordering takeaway
- Buy durable goods that have a long warranty
- Put food scraps in your green bin or compost