Joint bid to improve glass recycling

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Six Victorian councils and the Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group (GWRRG) are calling for a co-ordinated approach to stop recyclables going to landfill within the region.

GWRRG and Bass Coast Shire, Baw Baw Shire, East Gippsland Shire, Latrobe City, South Gippsland Shire and Wellington Shire councils want approval to collectively procure processing services for glass and mixed recycling.

An application to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says the councils want to increase recovery of recyclable material and preserve the use of existing landfills for waste that cannot be recycled.

By 2013, Gippsland’s population is tipped to increase from 270,000 people to 330,000, and municipal waste is expected to increase from 450,000 tonnes per annum to 550,000.

The councils say the current capacity for recycling processing within the region is limited, and the expected increase in waste will result in more waste going to landfill each year until an alternative solution is found.

The councils and GWRRG are seeking authorisation for 16 years.

The ACCC has granted interim authorisation and drafted a determination proposing to grant authorisation.

Submissions in relation to the draft determination close on 7 October, 2021.

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