The Victorian Government has issued a state-wide exemption for councils to remove administrative barriers in extending their recycling collection contracts through to June 2021.
State Minister for Local Government, Adem Somyurek, said that the move would cut red tape and enable local councils to deliver improved, more sustainable services.
Mr Somyurek said that councils will be able to continue with existing services while they work together to develop contracts that support the delivery of larger recycling volumes – the economies of scale needed to encourage investment in infrastructure and attract new entrants to the Victorian recycling sector.
State Environment Minister, Lily D’Amboriso, said that the move will enable councils to better collectively bargain to enable improved services throughout the state.
“More collaboration and stronger contracts are crucial to addressing the challenges facing our recycling sector – this is an important step in the reforms we’re making to strengthen recycling in Victoria,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.