Recycling Update

Published on 09 August 2019



  • Our kerbside recycling contractor SKM has stopped accepting materials until further notice.
  • We will continue to pick up recycling bins, but recyclable materials will be temporarily sent to the landfill.
  • Green waste (including Anglesea food organics) and landfill bin collections are unchanged. 

How can I keep my recycling out of landfill?

We appreciate the efforts of community members to keep as many items out of landfill as possible.  

  • You can take the following separated items to a nearby Transfer Station for recycling:
    • paper/cardboard (collected and recycled through Cleanaway Industrial) 
    • metals (collected and recycled by SIMS Metal)
    • glass bottles/jars (collected and recycled through SUEZ Recycling and Recovery)
  • These items will be accepted free of charge (up to .5m3 – or a small level trailer - per resident).
  • These items need to remain separated to be accepted.



Update 9 August 2019

We don’t yet understand the full impact of Friday's decision from the Supreme Court, but we are working closely with other G21 councils and the regional waste group to put temporary alternatives in place for locals who would like to recycle as much as they can.

All transfer stations are now accepting glass jars and bottles in addition to paper/cardboard and metal for recycling (different contractors pick up these sorted materials from the transfer stations, so rest assured they do get recycled).

Green/organics waste is unchanged and still being composted so please make sure you are only putting in the right items. See what goes in the organics bins.

Update 2 August 2019

On Friday 2 August the Supreme Court of Victoria declared SKM Recycling to be insolvent when the company was unable to demonstrate a solution to its financial challenges.

Recyclable material collected at the kerbside across the Surf Coast Shire has been going to the Anglesea landfill since 26 July 2019 when SKM ceased its operations. With the Supreme Court decision, this practice will continue until Council can find an alternative solution.

We know you will be discouraged by this news. Be assured we working closely with other G21 Councils and the regional waste group on alternatives. We are encouraged by the businesses in the region that want to help. All possibilities are being explored, we just don’t have an answer yet.

We continue to urge people to reduce waste where possible. Be mindful when you shop and minimise the waste you take home.

You can go the extra yard by separating your recycling items and taking them directly to our transfer stations. Up to half a cubic metre will be accepted free. Separated paper, cardboard and metals can be delivered to Anglesea, Lorne or Winchelsea stations.

Council is exploring temporary alternatives for communities without a transfer station. But for now, if you can’t get to a transfer station, continue to sort recyclables into your kerbside bin as usual and only put it out for collection if it is full. This helps Council to track what is taken to landfill and will help when an alternative solution is found.

Update: 29 July 2019

SKM has advised us it has stopped receiving recyclable material until further notice. This is due to ongoing challenges managing its stockpiles in accordance with the EPA requirements.

For the time being our recyclable material will go to the Anglesea landfill site. We share your disappointment that it has come to this but for now Council has not been able to find an alternative solution.

What can you do?

  • Reduce the waste and recyclables you bring home – being mindful when you shop can make a big difference.

  • Continue to separate recyclables into the right kerbside bins in case SKM returns to operation or an alternative is found.

  • Only put out recycling bins for collection if they are full.

  • Work with your family or neighbours and try to take separated paper/cardboard and metals to a nearby Transfer Station. Material at these facilities are independent of SKM and can be recycled.

We've been exploring how we can re-invent our collection and processing services and will provide you with updates and information as soon as we can.

In the meantime, collection of green organics and landfill bins will remain unchanged. Anglesea’s food organics collection is also unaffected.

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