State government provides funding to help clean up sites and resume recycling
The Victorian Government is providing a $10 million loan to SKM’s receivers KordaMentha to help clear waste stockpiles and fund essential maintenance at SKM sites. The loan will help get the plants back up and running, while meeting strict environmental and safety standards.
The Laverton site will be the first to return to operation after stockpiles are cleared. Some processing expected to start within five weeks. Further work is required to bring the Hallam, Geelong and Coolaroo facilities back on line.
Alongside this, the government is working with MWRRG, councils and industry to reform kerbside recycling.
The $10 million loan is in addition to the $11.3 million in financial assistance to the affected councils and for investment in infrastructure to improve the quality of 100,000 tonnes of recycled material.
Of this, $6.6 million is funding a recycling rebate for councils to cover the cost of the landfill levy so they are not out of pocket because of SKM’s closure. Application guidelines were released to councils on 23 August to apply for the rebate.
MWRRG continues to work with the 33 affected councils, colleagues in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Municipal Association of Victoria and Local Government Victoria to ensure councils can access the funding and support their contingency arrangements.
Last updated: 29/08/2019