Kerbside recycling

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is happening to my recycling now?

Your kerbside recycling is being collected as normal and is once again being processed for recycling by SKM at its Coolaroo site.

2. Why did this happen?

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) visited SKM’s plants at Coolaroo and Laverton North and observed inappropriately managed stockpiles of recyclables. Large volumes of stockpiled materials pose a fire risk and a risk to human health, with the priority being to always protect the health and safety of the community.

The EPA ordered SKM to stop receiving recyclable material at its Coolaroo and Laverton North plants while safety issues were managed on site. Hume City Council was one of 20 Victorian Councils given less than 24 hours to act. We were faced with the tough decision to either go to landfill or stop the collection service.

The EPA authorised SKM to recommence receiving recyclables at its Coolaroo site earlier this week.

 3. What led us to this point?

A lack of leadership and investment by both federal and state governments over many years has left our recycling industry in a very precarious position.

Finding a long-term, sustainable solution to this issue is not something Council can achieve alone, all three levels of government need to work together to develop a sustainable waste and resource recovery industry in Australia.

The management of the waste and recycling industry is complex with many stakeholders and regulations.

Council and the wider local government sector continues to seek support from the state and federal governments to provide an appropriate long-term response that meets community expectations.

4. What can I do to help?

It’s never been more important to continue to sort your waste and place your kerbside recycling bin out for collection on the right night.

You can recycle the following:

  • Steel and aluminium cans and foil trays, including aerosol cans
  • Paper and cardboard (flatten cardboard to allow more room in your bin)
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles and containers (hard plastic containers)

For more information on kerbside recycling and to find out your bin day go to

Individuals and households are also encouraged to make smart shopping choices by choosing options that are more sustainable – do items come in reusable containers or recycled packaging?

Take reusable shopping bags, use a reusable coffee cup and buy products with recycled content – help build the markets for recycled goods.

If you come across a product with excessive packaging, let the producer and retailer know it’s not ok – write to them, tag them on social media – as a consumer your purchasing dollars have power!

Posted on 10:50 AM, 21 March 2019

Updated : 11:47 AM, 21 March 2019

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