Regional Action on Recycling

BSWWRRG is developing a regional action plan in response to the recent issues in the recycling sector.

Changes to international recycling markets and the collapse of processor SKM Recycling in August last year, had a significant impact on recycling in the Barwon South West region. Five of the region’s nine councils had to send recyclables to landfill temporarily and there was considerable frustration amongst the community.

The Regional Recycling Action Plan (RRAP) is being developed to provide a regional response to these issues and to build the resilience of the region’s kerbside recycling system into the future.

Manager of Industry and Infrastructure Philippa Bakes said that the plan was intended to provide a coordinated regional response that complements the work being by others.

“Whilst there is work underway to address the recycling issues at a council, federal and state government level, including the recent release of the Recycling Victoria strategy, we recognised that there are benefits in coordinating a regional response to the issues.”

“A coordinated regional approach will help to address the region’s unique infrastructure and market needs, provide a regional voice for advocacy and pool opportunities to attract investment.”

The Plan is being developed in consultation with regional stakeholders including industry, business, councils, state government and community organisations. Two series of workshops have been held to develop the plan’s actions, which are centred around four key themes:

  • Avoid and minimise waste
  • Reduce contamination in comingled recycling bins
  • Improve sorting and processing end produce a higher quality end product
  • Increase market demand for products made out recycled materials.


“The Plan will be finalised in the coming weeks,” Philippa said.


“One of the key actions that will be included in the final plan is investigating the best model for recycling infrastructure in the region, with the view to establishing more regional infrastructure.”


“The plan will also include region-wide commitments for the procurement of recycled goods, regionally consistent education programs, and assistance for councils to transition to a four-bin kerbside service.”


For more information about the RRAP, please contact Philippa Bakes on (03) 5223 2622.