Council's recycling update 14 August 2019 - recyclables drop off

Recycling Bin

Saturday recyclables drop offs at Operations Centre   

Council is implementing interim recyclables drop offs for Hobsons Bay residents weekly on Saturdays between 8am and 2pm at the Hobsons Bay City Council Operations Centre, Sugar Gum Drive in Altona.

The drop offs follow the temporary closure of SKM, Council’s recycling contractors, which has resulted in recycling collected through Council’s household collection service going to landfill. It is an interim measure while a longer term recycling option is resolved.

Council has put arrangements in place for Hobsons Bay’s recyclables collected at the Saturday drop offs to be recycled and not go to landfill.

Materials accepted

Most household recyclable material will be accepted at the drop offs. Residents are asked to pre-sort and separate their recyclables into two skip bins: 1. Glass and 2. Paper / plastic / cans.

Recyclables that will be accepted in the paper / plastic / cans bin include:

  • Plastics eg PET soft drink bottles, milk bottles, shampoo bottles, detergent bottles
  • Paper, magazines, newspapers
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminium and steel cans

Recyclables that will NOT be accepted include:

  • Plastic food containers eg ice cream / yogurt / margarine containers
  • Soft plastics eg plastic shopping bags, bread bags
  • Waxed cardboard

Traffic management and Council staff will be on site to direct and assist residents with the placement of their recyclables into the two signed skip bins.

Registrations are not required and all residents are welcome to drop off their recyclable items any time between 8am and 2pm. 

Council has been working hard on short, medium and long term solutions in partnership with a range of stakeholders and levels of government and we will continue to keep our community informed as we progress.

What can residents do?

If you are unable to attend one of the Saturday drop offs, Council is encouraging residents whose bins are not full to give their recycling collection a miss and store their recyclables.

Taking soft plastics to drop off points at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets for recycling is also another way to keep recycling during these uncertain times.

To create more room in your recycling bin, squash your plastic bottles and aluminium and steel cans and paper and cardboard.

Hobsons Bay residents can also try to minimise the amount of waste they produce in the first place by shopping smart and avoiding unnecessary packaging. Using reusable drink bottles, bags and coffee cups are great ways to start.

You could also take your paper and cardboard to One Paper at 32 Plummer Road, Laverton North. Paper and cardboard takes up most of the room in an average household recycling bin so dropping this off to One Paper will allow more room for things like bottles and cans.

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.

Did you know you can drop off you metal recyclables to Southern Cross Metal Recyclers? Located in Laverton North with a convenient 24 hour drop off service, they accept household metal waste such as aluminium cans, pots, pans, utensils and a range of other metal goods. Visit their website at https://www.southerncrossmetalrecyclers.com.au/

SKM Update

Council was advised on Friday 2 August that the Victorian Supreme Court ruled that SKM Corporate, which is a part of SKM Recycling's business, has been declared insolvent. 

This is a complex matter and we are seeking clarity and advice about the implications of the court order for Council's contract with SKM Recycling.

What does this mean for Hobsons Bay?  For now, our household recycling collection is operating as normal. However, as a result of SKM’s temporary closure, recyclables are unfortunately going to landfill.

For more information on the SKM court order, visit the ABC News website.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Saturday recyclables drop off event FAQs

 

When can I drop off my recyclables?

Council has implemented interim recyclables drop offs weekly on Saturdays between 8am and 2pm for Hobsons Bay residents.

Where can I drop off my recyclables?

Recycling drop offs will be at the Hobsons Bay City Council Operations Centre, Sugar Gum Drive in Altona.

How often are these drop recycling events?

These drop off events will occur every Saturday until further notice.

What recycling items can I bring?

Recyclables that will be accepted include:

  • glass bottles and jars
  • plastics eg PET soft drink bottles, milk bottles, shampoo bottles, detergent bottles
  • paper, magazines, newspapers
  • cardboard
  • aluminium and steel cans

Recyclables that will not be accepted include:

  • plastic food containers eg ice cream, yogurt, margarine containers
  • soft plastics eg plastic shopping bags, bread bags
  • waxed cardboard

 

How do I bring the items to the drop off event?

Glass must be kept separate from the rest of the accepted recyclables, so please bring glass bottles and jars in a separate container. The reason for the separation is the company we have organised to accept and process the recyclables at the drop off event, Australian Paper Recovery, manages glass and the other recyclables in a different way than SKM Recycling does. Broken glass can reduce the quality of the other recyclables that Australian Paper Recovery accept, particularly the paper and cardboard. Keeping glass separate improves the quality of the other recyclables, for the recyclables turned into useful products.

Do I need to pre-register before attending?

No. You can bring your recyclable items any time between 8am and 2pm.

Will the items I take to the Operations Centre be going to landfill?

No. Council have partnered with Australian Paper Recovery to recycle the items accepted at the drop off events.

Why is not all types of household recyclables that is accepted in the yellow recycling bin not accepted at the drop off event?

The company we have organised to accept and process the recyclables at the drop off event, Australian Paper Recovery, accepts certain types of recyclables. This is different to what SKM Recycling, Council’s recycling contractor or other main recycling processors accept.

Can my recycling bin be collected by Council and taken to Australian Paper Recovery for recycling?

The company we have organised to accept and process the recyclables at the drop off event, Australian Paper Recovery, accepts certain types of recyclables delivered to them in a certain way. This is different to what SKM Recycling, Council’s recycling contractor, or other main recycling processors accept.

Australian Paper Recovery are also unable to manage the amount of recyclables collected from every household.

We are providing these drop off events as an interim option for those that want to avoid landfilling.

 

General Recycling Questions

 

What is happening to my recycling?

In July 2019, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) ordered SKM Recycling (SKM) to stop receiving recyclable materials at their glass recycling facility. The EPA observed a large volume of glass waste at the site that had been contaminated with other types of waste, such as mixed plastics and paper that resulted in an increased fire risk within stockpiles. The health and safety of the community must remain the priority.

This in turn has meant that SKM have closed its four recycling processing facilities in Laverton, Coolaroo, Geelong and Hallam until further notice. 

Will my recycling bin still be collected?

Council is still maintaining its regular collection service.

When will my recycling bin be collected?

Recycling bins will be collected as normal on your usual recycling collection day. 

Is the collected recyclable material being sent to landfill?

Unfortunately, yes, the collected recyclable material will be going to landfill, along with material from many other council areas in Melbourne. We understand this comes as a disappointment to our community. We also share this disappointment and we are working hard on a solution to this issue, as are the many other affected councils across Melbourne.

I don’t want my recycling going to landfill this week, 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.

You could also take your paper and cardboard to One Paper at 32 Plummer Road, Laverton North. Paper and cardboard takes up most of the room in an average household recycling bin so dropping this off to One Paper will allow more room for things like bottles and cans. 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.

Taking soft plastics to drop off points at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets for recycling is also another way to keep recycling during these uncertain times. Types of soft plastics accepted includes plastic shopping bags, bread bags or pasta, rice or frozen food bags. For more information and a full list of what can and can’t be recycled via Coles or Woolworths visit https://www.redcycle.net.au/what-to-redcycle/

For metal recycling, residents are encouraged to use Southern Cross Metal Recyclers 24-hour monitored drop off service at 75 Doherty's Road Laverton North. For more information and a full list of accepted items visit https://www.southerncrossmetalrecyclers.com.au/drop-off/

What else can I do?

Hobsons Bay residents can also try to minimise the amount of waste they produce in the first place by shopping smart and avoiding unnecessary packaging. Using reusable drink bottles, bags and coffee cups are great ways to start.

What does the Victorian Supreme Court ruling regarding SKM mean for recycling?

On 2 August, the Victorian Supreme Court ruled, that a part of SKM’s business be declared insolvent. This is a complex matter and we are seeking clarity and advice about the implications of the court order.

How long will this last?

At this stage we are uncertain how long this will last. There is no viable option for the short term storage and management of our city’s recyclable material. Council has been working with the state government and service providers on immediate options, as well as long term solutions to manage recycling services for our households. We will keep our community updated as soon as we are able.