Council urges residents to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ with kerbside collection to continue

Hume City Council is encouraging residents to continue sorting their waste and putting their recycling bins out on regular collection days, with Hume’s recycling services to continue unchanged despite recent pressure faced by the recycling industry.

China’s ‘National Sword Policy’ restricting the import of contaminated paper, cardboard and plastics has significantly disrupted recycling markets worldwide and resulted in the announcement by the Victorian Government of a $13 million support package for councils.

Hume City Council’s Mayor Councillor Geoff Porter said Council welcomed the announcement by the Victorian Government of the support package designed to give Councils more time to come up with a longer term solution.

“This Council is advocating on behalf of the community with the Victorian Government, Municipal Association of Victoria, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, private businesses and other councils to collectively address the problem,” Cr Porter said.

“On a local level, Council is currently evaluating all avenues to ensure our services are maintained, or improved, regardless of any potential issues.”

“Hume residents are encouraged to continue recycling and putting their recycling bins out on regular collection days, be mindful of the waste hierarchy and where possible try to reduce or reuse to avoid contents being sent to landfill, which is the most expensive and least environmentally-friendly solution,” Cr Porter said.

Residents can help by:

  • Prevent waste from the start. Try to limit how much you consume. Using reusable drink bottles and coffee cups is a great start.
  • Continue to recycle as normal. Council will inform you if there are any changes in your kerbside collection service.
  • Know what you can and can’t recycle. If in doubt, find out by visiting
  • Buy Australian recycled products and support our domestic recycling market. Recycled office paper and toilet paper are easy ways to start.

“Hume residents have a great record when it comes to recycling and it is crucial that we all maintain the recycling habits we have built over the years,” Cr Porter said.

Posted on 4:54 PM, 1 March 2018

Updated : 4:53 PM, 1 March 2018

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