Recycling services continue

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Council confirms that recycling services remain unchanged, and that recycling will continue to be separated, recycled and diverted from landfill.

While other Councils across Victoria have been affected by the short term closure of SKM, we engage VISY Recycling as its recyclable material processing service provider.

VISY's services remain unchanged, and all materials collected from recycling bins will continue to be transferred to the Visy Recycling Materials Recovery Facility in Banyule, where it is sorted for recycling.

With the recent changes in the recycling industry, it is more important than ever that residents continue to recycle, and that we reduce the amount of contamination being placed in our recycling. While the Chinese National Sword policy has put pressure on the recycling industry in recent months, China has not banned recyclables from Australia. It will still accept recyclables if they are separated and have minimal amounts of contamination. Reducing recycling contamination is therefore an ongoing strategic priority.

Recycling processors in Victoria have already responded to China’s new requirements by changing the way they sort plastics and paper/cardboard. Recyclable material is being transformed into new products such as road base, outdoor furniture and recycled office and toilet paper, and Victoria continues to process the bulk of its kerbside recyclables locally. Paper and cardboard material is being sorted to a higher level to remove contaminants. Processors are also investing in, and installing, new technology to further process plastics to ensure it is in an acceptable state for international markets.

Council is committed to waste minimisation and waste diversion from landfill and will continue to work with the Victorian Government and the recycling industry, to respond to the issues posed by the restrictions imposed by China on recycling, and to help make sure this matter will not detrimentally impact on Maribyrnong residents.

How can I find out more?

If you would like to find out more, please register your interest below. Council and VISY are working together to engage with residents and provide updates and information on recycling.

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