The City of Onkaparinga has entered into an agreement with resource recovery company Visy to process the region’s recyclables.
Elected members voted to switch recycling processing companies at a special meeting of Council on 12 March.
The move follows a number of SKM Recycling sites in South Australia and Victoria being subject to EPA orders that have resulted in the disruption of services to the Council. The Council previously had a contract with SKM since April 2014.
Mayor Erin Thompson said she and CEO Mark Dowd had been working together to seek a positive solution for the council.
“Visy is one of Australasia’s largest recycling companies, operating a number of recycling management contracts with other councils, so we’re confident they can provide a sustainable recycling service for our community,” she says.
Solo Resource Recovery will continue to collect recycling for the council and the materials will be processed by Visy.
“We acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our residents to recycle correctly and we’re pleased this new arrangement enables them to continue to make a difference and deliver major benefits to the local environment.
“We’d also like to recognise the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA) which accepted recyclable materials from our region following the closure of SKM sites; however we acknowledge that they are unable to continue providing an ongoing service to us.
“Waste and recycling is a significant issue – especially following the introduction of the China Sword policy – and all tiers of government need to work together to tackle the situation including making changes to broader policies.
“SA is a leader in recycling and innovation, so we’re well placed to work collaboratively with industry and the government to ensure positive, long-term solutions to the waste and recycling challenges being felt across the nation.”
Under the new contract there will be slight changes to the kerbside recyclable materials accepted.
Once these details are finalised, the council will inform residents of the changes through its website, Facebook page and Waste and Recycling Education program.