Where can our recycling go?
THE company responsible for collecting Glenelg Shire’s recycling is investigating options across the border in an effort to short-circuit a statewide crisis.
Glenelg Shire has been one of 30 local government areas across Victoria affected by the financial failure and closure of the state’s largest processor SKM Recycling, which has thrown the recycling industry – and kerbside recycling itself – into turmoil.
SKM was used by Glenelg Shire Council’s waste management contractor Wimmera Mallee Waste, and its closure has led to the latter stockpiling recycling for the second time in less than a year.
While many councils have sent their recycling to landfill, Glenelg Shire Council and Wimmera Mallee Waste have worked to keep the recycling separate by storing it, including at the latter’s Portland depot – which is getting closer to filling up.
Wimmera Mallee Waste director Mick Parry told the Observer that both organisations had been working on a solution to avoid local recycling also ending up in landfill.