Response to LGAT criticism of TCT regarding recycling in southern Tasmania

Part of the SKM Recycling's plastic stockpile at Derwent Park. Photo Rob Blakers.

The picture above shows part of the SKM Recycling’s plastics stockpile at Derwent Park. Photo: Rob Blakers.

Media Release

Picture above shows part of the SKM Recycling’s plastics stockpile at Derwent Park. Photo: Rob Blakers.

The Local Government Association of Tasmania issued a media release (‘The real facts about recycling in Tasmania’, Friday 16 August 2019) directly responding to the TCT's media release issued on 15 August 2019 (see below) criticising southern councils for their failure to honestly inform the community about the future of recycling following the insolvency of SKM Recycling on 2 August 2019.

LGAT's media release admits that "For the short term, plastics are being baled and stored" and therefore are not being recycled.

The TCT's Director Peter McGlone replied to this statement by stating "LGAT does not say what will happen to plastics when SKM's Derwent Park facility is full. Without additional storage space they will presumably have send plastics to landfill. I visited this facility this afternoon and the yard and shed were very close to full with bails of plastic and other materials. The facility will have to close shortly."

"Contrary to LGAT's claim that plastics are being sorted the bails I saw included plastics, aluminum and card board along with some contaminants. Either the sorting process is very ineffective or aluminum and card board are also being stockpiled."

"While LGAT make reference to "steel and card board" being sent to other companies for recycling there is no mention of aluminum and paper being recycled. The residents of Southern Tasmania need to know if these materials are being landfilled or recycled."

Peter McGlone
Director
Tasmania Conservation Trust