Household recycling update

Published on 12 March 2019

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Fantastic news – we will recommence delivery of household recycling to recycling processor SKM tomorrow, Wednesday 13 March.

As a consequence of the temporary closure of SKM’s facilities, we have regrettably delivered seven days’ worth of recycling to landfill.

Please continue to recycle as normal. Nillumbik residents are Victoria’s best recyclers achieving at least 66 per cent diversion from landfill, compared to the state average of 44 per cent. Find out what goes in each bin and visit our A-Z recycling guide for how to recycle or dispose of just about anything.

It’s just as important to look for ways to avoid waste altogether. Avoid unnecessary packaging and single-use plastics. Reusable water bottles, coffee cups, packaging and shopping/produce bags are a great start.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period. 

 

10 March 2019 

The EPA has indicated that recycling processor SKM has made significant progress towards compliance.

At this stage SKM remains closed, however, this may change in the next couple of days. We will update you as soon as we know more.

We will collect bins as usual, including on the public holiday on Monday, and we expect recycling to return to normal at some stage during the week.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period, and for working with us to reduce the amount of waste in Nillumbik.

 

23 February 2019 

As you'd be aware, the EPA has ordered recycling processor SKM to stop receiving material at its Coolaroo, Laverton and Geelong facilities until stockpiling issues are resolved. This affects many councils across Melbourne and regional Victoria, including Nillumbik.

We are committed to ensuring that bins are collected as normal, however, as SKM’s facilities remain closed, regrettably this coming week’s recycling will go to landfill. We are continuing to work with the Victorian Government to explore other options, and will keep you informed.

Please continue to recycle as well as look for ways to avoid waste altogether – it’s important we keep working together to meet the current challenges. Avoid unnecessary packaging and single-use plastics. Reusable water bottles, coffee cups, packaging and shopping/produce bags are a great start. Save space in your bin by folding boxes and crushing cans and plastic bottles. Where practical, residents may wish to hold back their recycling bin in the hope that the issues are resolved by next fortnight’s collection.