Council has received of a formal request for assistance from Suez, Council’s recycling collections contractor, as a result of considerable lost revenues and a significant increase in fixed costs at the Moruya Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). A report presented to the Councillors said that these concerns have had a large impact on Council’s collection contractor, Suez’s kerbside recycling costs. The reduced revenues are primarily a result of the impact that the China National Sword Policy has had on global recycling commodity prices. In addition, the report discloses transitional funding available from the NSW Government, through the Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme, for which Council is eligible, should it enter into a Refund Sharing Agreement (RSA) with Suez prior to 1 December 2018. These funds will not only offset these additional kerbside recycling collection costs but also provide monetary and recycling education benefits to the community. Meanwhile Local Government NSW has launched a campaign to solve a worsening recycling and waste crisis – at no extra cost to taxpayers. They’ve launched a survey to help understand how we as a community recycle in NSW, and what people think about the management of household waste and recycling It only takes a couple of minutes to complete, and it’s completely anonymous. Just click HERE to get started.
The Save Our Recycling Campaign, launched at the local government annual conference in Albury in October 2018, calls on the State Government to re-invest the entire $727 million it collects from the waste levy each year in waste management and recycling.
It is critical that NSW develops its on-shore processing capacity for recycled materials, rather than shipping waste to countries such as China.
Watch the video below and go to saveourrecycling.com.au to learn more and sign the petition to Save Our Recycling.