An update on recycling
You may have heard that one of Victoria's biggest recycling processors, SKM, has recently gone into insolvency after the Victorian Government shut down a number of their sites. This means recycling in our region isn't being processed at the moment.
Council is disappointed at this outcome. We're working with SKM, local Councils, and taking a number of other actions independently to try and restart recycling processing for our residents as quickly as possible.
How Council is responding
We're working as hard as we can to help recycling suppliers keep processing recycling. Some of the actions the Borough of Queenscliff is taking include:
- Renegotiating contracts with recycling supliers
- Working with other councils in our region to make recycling more efficient
- Developing an organic waste collection program to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill
Fixing Victoria's recycling system requires a bigger effort than what the Borough can do alone, however. The Municipal Association of Victoria is advocating for greater investment from state and federal governments in solutions to the crisis. Click here for more information on the campaign, including how you can take part.
How you can help
There are a number of things you can do to help reduce your waste:
- Try to reduce the amount of plastic your purchase. Our community has a number of local markets where you can buy fresh produce.
- Collect your soft plastics and recycle them at major supermarkets.
- Recycle old batteries by bringing them to Council offices during opening hours.
- Purchase materials made from recycled products. Buying recycled products shows manufacturers that recycling products can be profitable.
- Call your local Member of Parliament and ask them to spend the recycling tax the Victorian Government collects from Councils on big fixes to the recycling system.
Keep using your yellow bin. While some recyclables are being landfilled at the moment, we'll be sending recycling on to be processed again as soon as we can. By continuing to use your yellow bin, we'll be able to make sure your recycling is sent for processing as soon as our suppliers get back on their feet.
Alternatively, you may wish to take your recyclables directly to the Drysdale Transfer Station. Residents can drop off plastics, metal cans, paper and glass at no cost from 8am to 4:15pm. Click this link for more information.