Recycling back

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RECYCLED items are once again being collected from Mornington Peninsula households after the shock shutdown of processing services.

But the shire says a continued service from contractor SKM will “rely on a combined effort, including policy change from all levels of government, and correct recycling habits from the community”.

The mayor Cr David Gill welcomed the resumption of services but said the council had been “strongly advocating for urgent policy change in the recycling industry”.

He urged residents to be careful what they placed in the kerbside bins.

“It’s great to have our recycling back on the right track but, as a community, we can’t become complacent,” he said.

“Everyone should do their bit to ensure the correct items are placed in the bins which go to a materials recycling centre for sorting.

“Items should not be placed in plastic bags.

“We’re working closely with SKM to avoid any future disruptions and advocating to all governments for urgent solutions as well as reviewing our own processes.”

Learn more or share your feedback on the Shire’s Waste review online at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/ourwastefuture

How to recycle right

REDUCE packaging, give things a second life by upcycling or repairing, borrow or buy second hand, bring reusable bags – not single-use plastics, and compost food scraps. (Join the shire’s Compost Challenge at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/composting).

While walking on the beach take “Three for the sea” by picking up three pieces of rubbish, take advantage of the free recycling weekends at transfer stations and join the conversation online at #rescueourrecycling on social media

Volunteer to be a Recycling Champion at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/recyclingchampions

First published in the Western Port Times – 14 May 2019

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