Re­cy­cling as usual for cities

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Ararat and Horsham coun­cils have dis­pelled fears that house­hold re­cy­cled waste in the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties might be des­tined for land­fill.

Both have is­sued state­ments re­as­sur­ing re­cy­cling ser­vices will con­tinue as usual de­spite a Victorian re­cy­cling cri­sis.

Ararat chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Harrison and his Horsham coun­ter­part Su­nil Bhalla echoed each other in declar­ing ser­vices un­af­fected by an En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity or­der for SKM Ma­te­rial Re­cy­cling to stop ac­cept­ing ma­te­ri­als at Coola­roo and Gee­long sites.

Both con­firmed the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties were send­ing re­cy­cling ma­te­rial through Visy for pro­cess­ing.

“Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil does not use the af­fected com­pany, SKM, but in­stead uses Visy Re­cy­cling to process its re­cy­cling col­lec­tions,” Dr Harrison said.

“As a re­sult, our res­i­dents’ re­cy­cling

is not go­ing to land­fill, and the coun­cil def­i­nitely has not levied a ‘bin tax’.

“All our waste fees and charges are set within our an­nual bud­get and if we were to change th­ese, we would need to go through a leg­isla­tive process that re­quires public consultati­on and en­gage­ment.

“I en­cour­age all our res­i­dents to keep sort­ing their waste and re­cy­cling as nor­mal, be­cause this mu­nic­i­pal­ity is not at all af­fected by the cur­rent is­sues.

“So please keep sort­ing your waste and putting out your re­cy­cling bin as nor­mal.”

Mr Bhalla said the Horsham coun­cil had a con­tract with Wheelie Waste, which meant ma­te­rial was for­warded to Visy.

“Our com­mu­nity works hard to min­imise waste and it’s im­por­tant that they con­tinue to be con­sci­en­tious and re­cy­cle,” he said.

Dr Harrison said any­one keen to know more about re­cy­cling could visit a Sus­tain­abil­ity Vic­to­ria web­site at www.sus­tain­abil­ity.vic.gov.au.

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