Recycling Sector in Crisis in Victoria

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Pressure is mounting on the Victorian government to inject more cash into the state’s recycling sector to prevent a collapse of the industry amid concerns a major firm will close its doors.

SKM Recycling collects about half of the state’s kerbside recycling, but founder Giuseppe Italiano has flagged he is going to shut this week, leaving the waste in limbo.

The company has had a series of fires at its Melbourne facilities, leading to a crackdown from authorities and the likely closure.

Municipal Association of Victoria president Carol Ross says the solution requires “a partnership between all the levels of government”.

“Immediate support could be given by the state government to boost the capacity of the remaining facilities and that could be something like, more shifts to be able to deal with the material,” Cr Ross told ABC radio on Monday.

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