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Recycling collection to continue but long-term fix needed

News Article Date: 
Friday, 9 February 2018

Warrnambool households recycling collections will continue as per the normal schedule.

“We want to reassure residents that we will still collect recyclables at the kerbside as we normally would,” Warrnambool City Council Chief Executive Officer Bruce Anson said.

“The collection of waste remains core business for local government and it is a service that the community rightfully expects us to provide.

“It is now well known that we have an issue with the processing of our community’s recyclable materials.

“Our kerbside collection contractor, Wheelie Waste, will collect recyclables while we work through the processing issue.

“The company that had been processing our recyclable materials, Visy, abruptly changed the conditions around the acceptance of recyclables from Warrnambool and several other Victorian municipalities.

“A factor in the recyclables market has been a decision by China to introduce restrictions on the importing of recyclable materials which culminated ln a ban on the importation of sorted recyclable materials from January this year.

“Council is working with a range of stakeholders – including the Victorian Government - to ensure that this is a short-term problem that will be overcome.

“We’re exploring all alternative processing options and our last resort is to send material to landfill.

“In the meantime Council will continue to meet its commitment to collect this material from Warrnambool households.

“Warrnambool residents do a great job of separating rubbish and recyclables and we want this to continue.

“We’re looking to the Victorian Government to assist us to resolve the issue.

“This could include using the EPA landfill levy to ensure our recyclables are processed sustainably.”

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