Temporary disruption to recycling

Published on 24 January 2020

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Moira Shire Council is urging residents to continue recycling as normal after news from waste contractor Veolia Environmental Services that processing of recyclable materials was temporarily on hold.

CEO Mark Henderson said council had been notified due to recent bushfires which directly affected the Tumut Paper Mill, it was unable to accept mixed paper supply and as such, Veolia had "made the decision to temporarily suspend processing of commingled material until further notice."

"Household waste collection will continue as usual, including the fortnightly collection of the recycling bin," Mr Henderson said.

"We are encouraging residents to wait until recycling bins are full before putting them out as commingled materials may be sent to our landfill in the short-term.

"However, council is looking to find an alternative solution to using our landfill; this is a last resort option only.

"We want to stress this issue does not affect our fantastic organic waste collection, which will continue as normal and we would like to thank the community for their continued support and efforts in this environmental initiative.

"We are committed to responsible waste management and will continue to work with Veolia to investigate alternatives within the terms of our contract.

"Residents can continue to drop off sorted recyclables such as paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, and steel and aluminium based materials like tins, cans and empty aerosol containers at transfer stations around the shire for free.

"Under our waste management contract, commingled recyclables are usually transported to the materials recovery facility operated by Veolia in Echuca where items like paper, cardboard, metals and hard plastics are sorted and processed for recycling," he said.

"We encourage everyone to continue to reduce, reuse and recycle as we all have a role to play in reducing the amount of waste we produce in the first instance.

"We will continue to keep the community informed as we work our way through this recycling interruption."