The ACT Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is temporarily storing paper and cardboard to manage the impacts of the bushfire crisis in NSW.
The MRF at Hume is not directly impacted by the fires, however, the operator Re.Group has advised the ACT government of the change to operations to the MRF and Visy’s mill at Tumut.
ACT Minister for Recycling and Waste Reduction Chris Steel said that although the Visy mill at Tumut has not been directly impacted by the fires, the government has been informed that a number of plantations and stored wood chips were burnt around the Eden area.
The MRF usually processes about 470 tonnes of paper and cardboard each week, from a range of sources including from yellow recycling bins, from surrounding local council areas and commercial entities. This material is then packaged and sent to the Visy pulp and paper mill in Tumut for recycling into paper and cardboard products.
Steel explained that landfilling is the last resort, and will only be considered if the recycling industry is unable to recover and increase production levels, and stored material can no longer be safely managed.
The ACT government is working closely with Re.Group to review arrangements and explore all options to avoid landfilling paper and cardboard.
Re.Group is looking for other markets to sell the recycled paper and cardboard to and the company has been advised that Visy is working to resume full operations as soon as possible.