Waste and Recycling Collections

KERBSIDE RECYCLING SERVICE - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Updated: 22 March 2019

As previously advised, in mid-February the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) ordered SKM Recycling Pty Ltd to stop accepting materials at their Coolaroo and Laverton North sites.

At the time SKM also voluntarily closed their Hallam site, where City of Stonnington recycling is deposited.

Last week the EPA cleared the Laverton North site to receive recyclables, and late this week Coolaroo has been approved to resume operations.

The City of Stonnington delivers its recyclables to SKM’s Hallam site which remains closed.

Unfortunately, other recycling facilities are at capacity and unable to take on more material, so until SKM reopen the Hallam facility our only option, in the short term, is to send these materials to landfill. SKM are hopeful that Hallam will reopen towards the end of next week.  

We are very disappointed about this situation and we are working hard with other councils and the state government to find a solution and ensure the long term sustainability of recycling in Australia.

In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help:

  • Avoid buying things with unnecessary packaging. Consider bulk purchasing, reusing and reducing!
  • Save space in your bins by crushing cans and plastic bottles and folding boxes before placing in your recycling bin.
  • Wait until your recycling bin is full before putting it out for collection.

Updated: 12 March 2019

As you may be aware, the EPA has ordered recyclers, SKM Services Pty Ltd, to stop accepting recyclable materials at their Coolaroo and Laverton North sites.

These closures affect a large number of councils, including the City of Stonnington. Council continues to explore options to recover these materials, including other recycling facilities. Unfortunately, until SKM can reopen their facilities the only option in the short term is to send these materials to landfill.

In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help:

  1. Avoid buying things with unnecessary packaging.
  2. Save space in your bins by crushing cans and plastic bottles and folding boxes before placing in your recycling bin.
  3. Wait until your recycling bin is full before putting it out for collection.

We are very disappointed about this situation and are working hard with other councils and the state government to find a solution.


Updated: 20 February 2019

Last Thursday, with no prior warning, we were informed the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) had ordered recyclers SKM Services Pty Ltd to stop accepting recyclable materials at their Coolaroo and Laverton North sites.  The notices relate to storage of recyclables at the sites.

Since then SKM has also closed their Hallam site, which is where Council’s recycling collection contractor, Cleanaway, send our recyclables for processing.

As a result, Cleanaway has been forced to make temporary arrangements to send recyclables to landfill.

We are one of a number of local governments adversely affected by the sudden closure of the SKM sites. We are closely monitoring the situation and will resume recycling as soon as the SKM have been cleared to resume accepting recyclables.

Advice today is that the EPA will inspect the SKM sites for compliance later this week.

We will provide further information following the EPA inspections.

Council is committed to providing best practice waste and recycling solutions to our residents and is extremely disappointed at this unexpected disruption to our recycling service.   

Council’s recycling contractor, Cleanaway, will continue to collect kerbside recycling bins as normal.

How you can help

  • Avoid buying things with unnecessary packaging

  • Crush cans and plastic bottles before placing in your recycling bin

  • Don't put your recycling bin out for collection until it is full

  • Check the Recycling page for items accepted in the kerbside recycling bin

If you have any questions please contact us