Supporting councils to respond to SKM site closure

Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) has initiated a range of measures to support councils following the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) notice to SKM Services to stop accepting recyclable waste material at its Laverton North site.

MWRRG is seeking confirmation from SKM that is has alternative provisions in place to ensure it can continue to provide a service to up to 10 affected local councils.

MWRRG CEO, Rob Millard said MWRRG’s focus is on ensuring minimal disruption to residents by working with affected councils, other recycling facilities and landfill operators on immediate and long-term solutions. 

“Following China’s decision to limit the importation of recyclables MWRRG has been developing collaborative procurements for recycling services, working with 11 council clusters comprising more than 60 councils across the state,” Mr Millard said.

“By councils working together, larger contracts will be offered in the industry to encourage investment in recycling infrastructure and technology, and to attract new candidates to the Victorian recycling sector.

Industry will be asked to provide an expression of interest on the collaborative procurements in August with detailed submissions expected by the end of the year. Contracts are expected to be in place by June 2020.

Media contact: Josh Rule 0416 246 315


Last updated: 27/08/2019