Recycling back on track – Council cautions on complacency

Published on 10 May 2019

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Recycling back on track – Council cautions on complacency

10 May 2019

Kerbside recycling from Mornington Peninsula households is now being processed again after a temporary shutdown recently.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is sending a strong message to the community that continuation of the service from recycling processor SKM will rely on a combined effort including policy change from all levels of government and correct recycling habits from the community. 

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said the news was welcomed by Council which has been strongly advocating for urgent policy change in the recycling industry but cautioned community members to remain vigilant with what is placed in kerbside bins.

“It’s great to have our recycling back on the right track but as a community we can’t become complacent, the message from Council is to recycle right.

“We need everyone to do their bit in ensuring the correct items are placed in all kerbside and public recycling bins, which are sent to a materials recycling facility where contractors sort items into material types.

“We’re working closely with our recycling processor SKM to avoid any future disruptions and we are advocating to all levels of government for urgent short and long-term solutions along with reviewing our own processes with a Shire-wide waste review”, concluded Cr Gill.

Council representative for the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Forum and Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks said Council will continue to advocate for industry change and support Municipal Association of Victoria’s Rescue Our Recycling Action Plan, which sets out key actions for all levels of government including a well-designed Container Deposit scheme.

Learn more or share your feedback on the Shire’s Waste review online at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/ourwastefuture

How to recycle right

You can take action in your own home by understanding the waste you generate; how you can avoid it in the first place and how to reduce your impact on our environment.

Learn more about what you can and can’t recycle online at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/recycling

  • Reduce packaging
  • Give your things a second life by upcycling or repairing
  • Borrow or buy second hand
  • Bring reusable bags when you shop – don’t buy single use plastics
  • Compost your food waste – join the Shire’s Compost Challenge at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/composting
  • Take three for the sea and pick up three pieces of rubbish when you visit our beaches
  • Take advantage of the free recycling Transfer Stations in the Shire
  • Join the conversation online using #rescueourrecycling on social media

Volunteer to be a Recycling Champion at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/recyclingchampions