In light of SKM’s decision to cease taking recyclable material, the Victorian Greens have called on the Government to set up a temporary storage site to avoid recyclables being dumped in landfill.
They have also called on the Government to invest in a second recycling plant, which, along with the new recycling plant in Somerton, would have the capacity to process all of Victoria’s plastic recycling.
According to exclusive PBO costing obtained by the Victorian Greens prior to the announced closure of SKM, the second plant would cost $52 million dollars to establish. It would also increase the state’s budgeted net position by $166.1 million over the next ten years.
Victorian Greens MP, Dr Tim Read, said the time for the Government to act is now.
To fight Victoria’s recycling and waste crisis, the Government must introduce a container refund scheme, mandate 70 per cent recyclable material targets for packaging, and invest in a second recycling facility.
As stated by Victorian Greens MP, Dr Tim Read:
“The State Government must act now to set up a temporary storage facility to prevent our recycling going to landfill, while they sort out this mess.