The Victorian Government must act to solve the recycling crisis

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The City of Darebin, along with 30 other Victorian Councils, found out on Thursday 25 July that its residents’ recycling materials would not be processed by its contractor SKM. We have been left with no choice but to divert materials to landfill. This is the second SKM closure this year.

Darebin is acting to address the recycling crisis where we can. For example, we have introduced a requirement for waste by-products to be incorporated into asphalt for resurfacing local roads.

However, it’s clear the Victorian industry needs wholesale changes which can only be done with State Government leadership. One council acting alone is unable to address the causes. The Victorian Government has collected $500 million from the landfill levy which should be used to fix the current recycling crisis.

Every other State and Territory has (or is introducing) a container deposit scheme to recycle glass, plastic and aluminium, but Victoria is lagging behind.

You can help by signing and sharing this petition. I hope that the growing number of voices of people who value recycling will put pressure on the Government to fix the broken system.

Please join with Darebin City Council by calling on the Victorian Government to take urgent action to find a solution to the Recycling Crisis. 

We call on the Victorian Government to:

  • Immediately release more detail into its plans to open additional capacity at existing recycling providers for local councils to use.
  • Introduce a container deposit scheme to recycle glass, aluminium and plastic containers.
  • Investigate ways to create a circular economy, mandating use of recyclable materials.
  • Establish an independent Victorian Waste Authority funded by the landfill levy and comprised of industry experts, to address not just the short-term waste issues plaguing Victoria, but also find long term solutions to secure and robust recycling market in Victoria.
  • Conduct a waste sector review to investigate the whole of the sector from production to end use, how we generate waste, and how we deal with it.
  • Work with the Federal Government to ensure national solutions to the waste crisis are found.