Our recycling processor, SKM
Recycling is now unable to accept materials due to challenges managing its
stockpiles according to EPA requirements.
Sadly, for us and a significant
number of Victorian councils, this means in the short term our recyclable materials
will be going to landfill.
Collection services will
continue as usual, however we ask that you only put your recycling bin out
if it is full.
Our Resource Recovery Centres in Drysdale
and North Geelong
will continue to accept domestic quantities of separated
paper and metals.
We have been aware of issues in our recycling system and have identified
potential solutions at a local level.
We are investigating the costs and impacts of a number of realistic short and
medium-term solutions and will be implementing these as quickly as possible.
This includes options for
community recycling hubs, on-call recycling collection services, and converting
yellow lid bins to paper and cardboard collection only. Paper and cardboard
makes up 40% of recyclable materials collected, and is a sellable product when
separated from other materials.
The following comments can be attributed to City of
Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood:
This crisis is a state-wide problem and needs to be addressed urgently by the
We call on the state government
to draw from the more than half a billion dollar Sustainability Fund and invest
in the infrastructure that will fix this crisis.
We are in unity with local governments
across Victoria in the push for serious government investment in domestic
recycling, state and federal policy change and significant legislative action.
This must include the introduction of a
container deposit scheme in Victoria and legislation to reduce the amount and
type of products used in manufacturing, as well as serious investigation into
building a Waste to Energy plant.
As outlined in the Municipal Association of Victoria’s ‘Rescue our Recycling’ campaign,
there are clear actions we need to take at all levels of government.
The community has a fundamental role in
reducing the impact of this recycling crisis.
One of the most effective ways to fix the problem is to reduce our waste in the
first instance – buy less packaging, reuse and repurpose. Reducing our waste is
now more important than ever.
We have realistic some short and medium
term recycling solutions on the table for serious consideration, but they all
require strong commitment from our community to do the right thing.
We are all sick and tired of this crisis,
and I believe that the people of Geelong are ready to make changes in their
behaviour to do whatever we can to build a more sustainable recycling system.
We will keep our website up to date with
any new information for the community.