Residents on one part of Australia have been told they are no longer allowed to put glass in their recycling bins.
While glass is a common household item that most Australians recycle daily, it’s been banned by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council due to contamination fears.
The decision follows the collapse of recycling giant SKM, which has caused substantial disruptions to waste management all across Victoria. The move comes amid claims that SKM had been contaminating recyclables such as cardboard with fragments and shards of glass.
‘At its Ordinary Council Meeting on 28 August Council endorsed plans to remove glass from the current mixed recycling household bin collection service,’ the council, north of Melbourne, revealed.
‘Small pieces of glass can become embedded in paper and cardboard in recycling bins and contaminate the other recyclables.’
The council has now found another waste management group who will handle their recycling, but only if they can be assured that there’s no risk of contamination - which has lead to the glass ban.
As a result of the new policy, residents must now transport their glass items - including glass jars, wine and beer bottles - to transfer stations in Romsey, Kyneton and Woodend. If that’s not possible, they’ve been told to put their glass items in their normal rubbish bin.