SKM Recycling closure and impact on Brimbank recycling - Frequently Asked Questions
What has happened?
SKM - the company that 33 Victorian Councils, including Brimbank have been contracted to for the processing of kerbside recycling material – has ceased accepting recyclable materials.
How will this affect residents?
Council will continue its regular kerbside recycling collection, however recycling collected will unfortunately be sent to landfill until further notice.
We understand this is disappointing. We share this disappointment and are working hard to find a solution, as are the other affected councils across Melbourne.
It is important that residents continue to correctly sort their recycling and waste.
I don’t want my recycling to go to landfill – what can I do?
Council is encouraging residents whose bins are not full to give their recycling collection a miss and store their recyclables.
To create more room in your recycling bin, squash your plastic bottles and aluminium and steel cans and paper and cardboard.
Council has also made arrangements for residents to be able to drop off cardboard and paper for recycling at the following locations:
- Council’s Resource and Recovery Centre, 72 Stadium Drive, Keilor Park –
The centre will be open for extended hours, staffed from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays to accept cardboard and paper for recycling (residential quantities only).
Note: cardboard must be clean and flattened. Mixed paper must be clean and can include newspapers, catalogues and magazines.
NO plastic, polystyrene, packaging materials or household waste. NO files or folders containing metal.
- One Paper at 32 Plummer Road, Laverton North - One Paper accepts paper and cardboard Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm.
Visitors must report to their office and will be directed where the paper and cardboard can be placed.
Why is Council continuing to collect recycling when it’s being taken to landfill?
It’s disappointing and no one wants recyclable material to go to landfill, but Council’s priority is to protect the health and safety of the community.
How long will this situation last?
At this stage we're uncertain how long this will last.
At this time there's no other viable option for the short term storage and management of our city’s recyclable material, and there's very limited capacity in metro Melbourne and further afield for the processing of recycling. However we're working hard to find any available options for our recyclables
Council is part of the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group – which is working to find immediate options, as well as medium to long-term arrangements to manage recycling services for households in Brimbank.
We will keep the community up to date via our website (www.brimbank.vic.gov.au) and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter).
What has Council been doing to help find a longer term solution to address these state wide recycling issues?
Council has been advocating strongly on behalf of the community on recycling and waste management matters in Victoria. This includes:
- Making a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Recycling and Waste Management in May 2019, putting forward recommendations on how to tackle the current recycling and waste management crisis in Victoria - Media Release - Brimbank responds to recycling crisis inquiry
- Writing to the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change to call for the development of a state-wide waste management policy in July 2019 – and urging the Victorian Government to implement all 22 recommendations contained in the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) Independent Assurance Report to Parliament, ‘Recovering and Reprocessing Resources from Waste’. Media Release - Brimbank backs calls for state wide waste management plan
- October 2018 - Council called on the State Government to consider introducing a container deposit scheme in Victoria to encourage recycling in the community and reduce litter and the number of containers going to landfill. Media Release - Brimbank Council calls for container deposit scheme.
Tips on recycling
- Newspaper can be ripped up and added to compost bin or worm farms to boost carbon levels, or laid in garden beds to suppress weeds (if you don’t have a compost bin, you can connect with neighbours who do through your local community garden or groups such as ShareWaste.)
- Think about how recyclable items like cardboard boxes can be reused in your home. If you have small children – maybe they can use the boxes for art and craft – or maybe your local kindergarten or child care centre may be grateful for a donation.
- Take it to a collection point – Brimbank has made arrangements for residents to be able to drop off recyclable cardboard and paper at the Council’s Resource and Recovery Centre, Stadium Drive, Keilor Park and at One Paper at 32 Plummer Road, Laverton North.
- Crush it down! Crushing down recyclables in your bin makes more room
- Reuse - reuse your jars in your pantry (or for other uses) – or check with your local op shop if they take donations of clean glass jars
- Rethink – Rethink before throwing away an item you think is broken, worn out, or is no longer wanted. Rethink how you shop – can the packaging be re-purposed somewhere?
Cardboard and Paper Recycling
To support you to continue to recycle cardboard and paper, Council has made arrangements for you to be able to drop off recyclable cardboard and paper at the following locations:
- Council’s Resource and Recovery Centre, 72 Stadium Drive, Keilor Park – The centre will be extending its hours and will be staffed from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays to accept cardboard and paper for recycling (residential quantities only). Note: cardboard must be clean and flattened. Mixed paper must be clean and can include newspapers, catalogues and magazines. NO plastic, polystyrene, packaging materials or household waste. NO files or folders containing metal.
- One Paper at 32 Plummer Road, Laverton North - One Paper accepts paper and cardboard Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm. Visitors must report to their office and will be directed where the paper and cardboard can be placed.
What is the Resource Recovery Centre?
This is a Council facility where you can drop off approved items at no charge, including:
- All types of batteries
- Fluorescent tubes (including CFLs)
- Motor oil (up to 10L per vehicle)
- Gas cylinders
- Electronic waste (e-waste) like televisions, computers, hard drives, printers, faxes.
Items NOT accepted:
- Chemicals other than those listed
- Cooking oil
- Waste from businesses or commercial operations
- Household waste.
Address: Resource and Recovery Centre, 72 Stadium Drive, Keilor Park.