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Recycling as usual

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Recycling services for Bayside residents remain unchanged and residents are urged to continue recycling as usual.

Bayside Mayor Cr Laurence Evans said adjustments in worldwide markets for recyclable materials mean we will all have to start paying more for kerbside recycling services from 1 July 2018. 

“Bayside residents have a great record when it comes to recycling and it is crucial that we all maintain our recycling behaviours built over the years.

“It has never been more important for every household to minimise the waste it produces,” Cr Evans said.

Recent changes by China to require higher standards for the recycled materials it receives have resulted in a world wide glut of mixed recyclables and reduced the price paid for this material.

As a result, councils are facing significant new costs to continue providing kerbside recycling services. Bayside City Council is still working with its recycling processors, Polytrade, to understand what the changes will mean for recycling costs in Bayside.

The Victorian Government has announced an interim support package to cushion the impacts on councils and residents while alternative arrangements are made with recycling processors but councils will be required to meet any increase in recycling costs from 1 July 2018 onwards.

There are four ways residents can help:

  • 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.
  • Know what you can and can't recycle.  If in doubt, there's more information on our website here
  • Buy Australian recycled products. Recycled office paper and toilet paper are easy ways to start.