Shane Walden, Macedon Ranges Shire Council Director of assets and operations, explains the process that led to council’s 2020 introduction of kerbside glass and organics collections.
Macedon Ranges council in central Victoria is urging residents to separate glass from other recyclable material at kerbside.
In a media statement, council said it was working with its waste contractor, Four Seasons Waste, to find alternative processing options following the closure of SKM Recycling.
“An alternative processor has been identified, but this processor will only accept recycling loads which do not contain glass,” the statement reads.
“Council is asking residents to not place glass in recycling bins, effective immediately, so it can explore this option further.”
Acting Assets and Operations Director Anne-Louise Lindner said residents needed to work with council to find alternatives to landfill.
“We really hope the community will come on board and help us to remove glass from recycling bins,” Ms Lindner said.
“Shards and small pieces of glass can become embedded in paper and cardboard in recycling bins, and contaminate the other recyclables.”
The Victorian Government recently announced that councils affected by SKM’s closure would receive a rebate to cover additional costs incurred to deal with recyclable waste.
“This new funding has a particular focus on finding innovative solutions to the problem, and by trying to remove glass from our recycling, we’re already making progress in this area,” Ms Lindner said.
Ms Lindner said council would conduct bin audits in the coming weeks to monitor the level of glass in kerbside recycling bins.
“If we can see glass has been removed from bins, we may be able to divert recycling from landfill and send the glass-free recycling to this new processor,” Ms Linder said.
“Council has long been advocating for a solution to the recycling issue, which involves all levels of government working together.”