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Councils talk recycling


Greater Hobart’s four councils are trying to strike a deal with SKM Recycling to retain current services for the south of the state.

Last week, Melbourne-based SKM went into liquidation, ending recycling across 15 municipalities in Victoria. However, its Hobart recycling operation at Derwent Park is continuing to receive and sort recyclables for southern Tasmania.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston is urging all ratepayers in the south to continue to put out their recycling for collection as normal.

“While in the short term there might be some disruption to the way our recyclables are processed, we are closely monitoring the situation and are working to try to ensure the ongoing operation of SKM’s facility,” Mayor Johnston said.

“At this stage, none of the four metropolitan southern Tasmanian councils are putting any uncontaminated recyclables into landfill, but we will continue to keep the community updated depending on the progress of our discussions with SKM.”

Mayor Johnston said the issues affecting SKM in Tasmania were impacted not only by the circumstances surrounding the company’s operations in Victoria, but also global issues beyond its control.

Shadow Minister for the Environment, Alison Standen, says the State Government had been too slow to act.

“Peter Gutwein must explain whether he has now met with SKM and what he is doing to avert the collapse of recycling in Southern Tasmania,” Ms Standen said.

“It is clear that the government has been so consumed by chaos that they have dropped the ball on this important issue.”

Northern councils are not affected.