Kerb­side recycling help

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North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil lead­ers have wel­comed a State Govern­ment com­mit­ment to on­go­ing kerb­side col­lec­tion of house­hold re­cy­clable waste.

En­ergy, En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Min­is­ter Lily D’am­bro­sio has an­nounced the govern­ment would pro­vide $13-mil­lion to help coun­cils and in­dus­try af­fected by China’s de­ci­sion to stop re­ceiv­ing low-qual­ity mixed re­cy­clables. North­ern Grampians mayor Tony Driscoll said the an­nounce­ment was a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment in the on­go­ing dis­cus­sions around the fu­ture of Vic­to­ria’s recycling and waste in­dus­try.

“We wel­come the Vic­to­rian govern­ment’s an­nounce­ment and look for­ward to work­ing along­side the govern­ment and other af­fected coun­cils in or­der to flesh out the de­tails of this plan,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously the coun­cil’s pri­mary con­cern is to con­tinue to de­liver un­in­ter­rupted kerb­side recycling ser­vices to our res­i­dents, and we aim to con­tinue to do that as per usual for the fore­see­able fu­ture.”

Coun­cils can re­ceive fund­ing un­til June 30, 2018.

Ms D’am­bro­sio said coun­cils would be re­quired to meet any in­crease in recycling costs from July 1.

“While recycling is ul­ti­mately a mat­ter for lo­cal coun­cils, we’re step­ping in to help coun­cils and in­dus­try af­fected by China’s new im­port rules,” she said.

“This is about pro­tect­ing jobs and en­sur­ing Vic­to­ri­ans have con­fi­dence to con­tinue recycling.

“We’re al­ready in­vest­ing at record lev­els to man­age waste in the long term and we will con­tinue to work with in­dus­try and lo­cal govern­ment to help them ad­dress th­ese chal­lenges.”

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