Tuesday, 12 March 2019
The following responses can be attributed to City of Greater Geelong Director City Services Guy Wilson-Browne:
Has SKM confirmed it will begin accepting recycling this week today? If so, what day will it commence
accepting recycling at South Geelong?
Today we received notification from the EPA that SKM have achieved compliance at their Laverton site.
SKM have informed the City that they will re-commence receiving materials at their Geelong site from
Wednesday 13th March.
Household recycling will resume processing as normal, so please make sure you continue to sort your
rubbish between your red and yellow bins appropriately.
The compliance of the SKM Laverton site is positive news for Victoria. However, it is worth pointing out that
this is not the solution to the nation’s continuing recycling crisis.
It’s going to take a partnership approach between state, federal and local government alongside industry to find
workable long term solutions to this national problem.
As the MAV ‘Rescue our Recycling’ campaign (www.mav.asn.au/rescueourrecycling) points out, now is the time
for stronger leadership and increased investment by governments, greater regulation of our recycling industry,
plus more responsibility placed on businesses to generate less waste.
At an individual level, we need to remember the waste hierarchy – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – in that order,
rather than just focus on recycling. Reducing your waste is the most important and effective way all of us can
help solve this crisis.
How much City of Greater Geelong recycling has been diverted to landfill since the South Geelong plant
reached capacity, and at what cost?
Approximately 1600 tonnes of recycling has been diverted to landfill, at a cost of approximately $261,000.
These costs will be recouped through our contractual agreement with SKM recycling.