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Geelong gets recycling boost


Thanks to funding from Sustainability Victoria’s ‘Driving Investment for New Recycling’ program, Geelong is now home to SITA Victoria's first resource recovery facility.

SITA Victoria Collections Manager, Ross Newell, said through the Sustainability Victoria grant SITA is proud to open its first resource recovery facility in Victoria, which will contribute to local employment and improve recycling rates for the region by diverting waste from landfill.

“The $265,000 grant will help us to recover valuable recyclables from the Barwon region, reducing reliance on landfill,” said Mr Newell.

The grant has supported the purchase of purpose-built equipment that sorts mixed waste from commercial and industrial generators such as building sites, schools, public drop-off spots and commercial buildings.

“The new facility will accept timber, cardboard, plastics, steel, aluminium cans, bricks, soils and concrete to recycle and reuse in other products.

“An added value to the Barwon region is that the recovered waste is feeding local businesses.  Green Care Mulching in South Geelong receives timber waste, SKM Recycling also in South Geelong receives paper, GT Recycling in Moolap receives plastics and Independent Metal Recyclers in North Geelong receives the scrap metal,” he said.

“We are also pleased to offer the service for local residents seven days and week, between the hours of 8am and 4pm,” said Mr Newell.

Sustainability Victoria’s CEO, Stan Krpan, said the partnership between the Victorian Government and SITA Australia was a great example of how strong connections between government and business can deliver innovative waste and resource recovery solutions.

“The equipment upgrade should increase landfill diversion rates through the facility from four percent to about 30 percent, reducing waste sent to landfill and increasing the quality of feedstock and materials that can be transformed into viable recycled products,” said Mr Krpan.

“It is great to see what organisations like SITA are achieving on the ground, and recognising new opportunities for growth and investment in the resource recovery sector. 

“This is a win for the environment and the economy,” he said.






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