Mornington Peninsula Shire’s infrastructure services manager Jessica Wingad says recycled waste from the peninsula is still going to China and other global markets.
She said extra processing here was ensuring “compliance with these markets”.
New recycling markets are expected to open in Victoria in the future.
“While the [Chinese] policy shift hasn’t banned recycling, it has limited the level of contaminated accepted in recycling sent to China,” Ms Wingad said. “Clean, sorted recycling is still being accepted, so it is extremely important we continue to separate our waste from recycling and place only accepted recyclable items into our recycling bins,” she said.
“We need everyone to do their bit to ensure the correct items are placed in all kerbside and public recycling bins,” Ms Wingad said.
“[These] are sent to a materials recycling facility where contractors sort items into material types.”
The shire’s website lists items suitable for kerbside recycle bins.