Recycling uncertainty - Councils scrambling to find solution

Our local councils are scrambling to find a solution to future waste management in the wake of China's ban on the importation of certain waste materials.

Our local councils are scrambling to find a solution to future waste management in the wake of China's ban on the importation of certain waste materials.

A major recycling company's suspension of recycling agreements has left our local councils scrambling to find a solution to future waste management.

Last week, Visy Recycling announced it would suspend multiple recycling contracts due to difficulties caused by China's ban on the importation of certain waste materials.

Macedon Ranges mayor, Cr Jennifer Anderson confirmed that the suspension would take effect from Saturday, February 10, and that council was working hard to find a solution.

"We're working closely with industry and state government to ensure that this doesn't impact our residents and we're confident that we will have a solution in place by then," she said.

"Our community works hard to minimise waste and it's important that they continue to be conscientious and recycle."

Macedon Ranges council confirmed the kerbside recycling collection service would continue as normal beyond February 10 and reassured residents that recyclable materials placed in their yellow recycling bins would not go into landfill.

A council spokesperson said a range of options were now being explored including engagement with other recycling providers, but options "do not include stockpiling in temporary storage at this stage".

It remains unknown at this stage whether this recycling issue will impact local rates.

Hepburn Shire Council is another council feeling the stress of Visy's decision to refuse recyclable material and it too is exploring other alternatives.

Hepburn will also consider engaging other recycling providers for the immediate future to continue kerbside recycling collection services and was confident a viable option would be identified before the Visy deadline.

"We encourage our community to continue their recycling practices as collection services will remain unchanged. We hope that a resolution to this widespread issue will be found soon," CEO Aaron van Egmond said.

Mount Alexander Shire Council advised last week that its recycling services would remain unchanged and is working with the contractor Wheelie Waste to better understand the implications of the Visy Recycling decision.

Residents are encouraged to continue to recycle and reduce the amount of rubbish they produce.

Last week, Municipal Association of Victoria CEO Rob Spence warned that Visy's decision could just be the beginning of the impacts felt from China's ban across the state.