Why does Hobsons Bay need a new waste and recycling service?

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Until recently, Australia routinely sent more than half its plastics waste (56.5 per cent) overseas. When China banned the import of most plastics and other recyclables in 2017, it caused a major disruption to global recycling markets. This affected all Australians and became known as the ‘recycling crisis’.

Hobsons Bay City Council is turning that adversity into opportunity, acting quickly to prioritise plans in the Waste and Litter Management Strategy 2025. We are taking control of our waste and recycling by working together as a community to reduce the amount of waste we produce and send to landfill, recycling and processing our waste locally wherever we can, and increasing the amount and value of our recycling.

We’re really proud to work with our local partners, including APR (commingled recycling), Alex Fraser and O-I Glass (glass recycling) and to extend our existing contracts with Veolia (food and garden composting) and Cleanaway (kerbside collections). Our move towards increasingly local recycling processing contributes to more local jobs.