Mornington Peninsula household recycling collections continue

Published on 18 February 2019

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has confirmed recycling collections will continue as normal for all households on the Peninsula.

On Friday 15 February, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) announced it had ordered recycling processor SKM to stop receiving recyclable material until further notice.

SKM currently receives 50 per cent of Victoria’s kerbside recycling across four facilities, two of which have received shutdown notices by the EPA.

Shire Mayor Councillor Gill said recycling collections will continue as normal for all Mornington Peninsula Shire households and encouraged residents to continue to recycle right.

“Fortunately, we are prepared and have capacity to temporarily store recycled material at our Shire facilities.

“This material will be stored separate to general waste, ensuring items are not sent to landfill and can be correctly processed once a state-wide solution is reached.

“Council will continue to monitor the situation and any future decisions will be made in association with the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, state government and the many other local councils impacted by this shutdown.

“It’s imperative that the Victorian recycling industry remains viable and Council hopes SKM will be able to comply with the EPA requests and reopen to receive council material as soon as possible.

“Mornington Peninsula Shire is committed to best practice waste management and resource recovery, taking an active role in transitioning the State to waste-to-energy technology”.  

What can you do?

  • We need everyone to do their bit by placing the correct items in all kerbside and public recycling bins and continuing to separate our waste from recycling
  • Remember clean recyclables only – it’s important we do this year-round
  •  Check the Shire’s website for what can and can’t go into the kerbside recycle bin: mornpen.vic.gov.au/wasteguide