ECHUCA'S recycling will soon be diverted from landfill as Veolia announced the Echuca Material Recovery Facility (MRF) will re-open and recommence the processing of recyclables on February 17.
It comes after the bushfires in NSW and Victoria meant the Visy Tumut Mill, which receives and processes mixed paper from the MRF, was unable to operate due to a lack of road access, a loss of plantation timber and woodchips.
Veolia had temporarily closed the MRF because it was unable to send the material to Visy and existing stockpiles were already onsite at the MRF.
To maintain compliance with EPA stockpile guidelines Veolia temporarily suspended processing.
However Veolia said after positive discussions with Visy the organisation advised it anticipated it will be able to receive material later this month.
The Echuca MRF currently services eight regional councils in north-west Victoria, providing 50 direct jobs and underpin further indirect employment in the local economy through our overall waste management activities.
“Veolia is committed to providing a long term sustainable recycling solution for the regional councils and their residents and will continue to work in partnership with all our stakeholders to deliver the best environmental outcome,” a Veolia spokesperson said.