SKM Services’ temporary closure of all recycling sites
Cardinia Shire Council, along with over 30 other Victorian Councils, has been advised that the contracted recycling processor SKM Services has temporarily closed all of its sites effective immediately
Cardinia Shire Council is working very hard alongside Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG), Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the other affected Councils to find viable, short-term alternate arrangements with other recycling processors.
We are disappointed about this situation and recognise this is frustrating for our residents, who have a strong track record when it comes to recycling.
No one wants recycling going to landfill and we are doing everything we can to find alternate arrangements to reduce the impact of this issue on our environment.
Council remains focussed on maintaining services to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community. Our residential kerbside recycling collections will continue as normal for residents, however in the short-term, the recycling waste collected will be delivered to landfill.
In the meantime, the best thing our residents can do is to continue their recycling efforts, so the recycling waste put into their bins remains uncontaminated for when the recycling processing recommences.
We encourage residents to keep separating their recyclable items from non-recyclable items, and to put their recyclable items in the yellow-lid recycling bin. Residents can continue putting their recycling bin out for collection when it is their recycling week, as it will continue to be collected from the kerbside as normal.
This is also an opportunity to focus on avoiding and reducing household waste. Sustainability Victoria has some great tips on how to do this on their website at https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/You-and-your-home/Waste-and-recycling/Recycling
If residents would like to continue recycling during this time, there are some free drop-off points available locally for residential amounts of:
- Empty aluminium cans (please squash) – Future Recycling Pakenham (http://www.futurerecyclingtransferstation.com.au/)
- Soft plastics – any Coles or Woolworths Supermarkets
- Other recyclable products (searchable by type) – https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/
We will provide updates to the situation as soon as we have more information to share and we thank all our residents for their patience, understanding and cooperation during this time.