Nationals Member for Benalla Bill Sykes, representing the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith, today visited Mount Hotham Alpine Resort to announce $25,000 towards the installation of new recycling equipment.
The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s $600,000 Smarter Resources Smarter Business – Recycling program to assist Victorian businesses to increase the quality and quantity of their recyclables, whilst saving on waste management costs.
Dr Sykes said the new infrastructure had already seen greater sorting of valuable materials such as cardboard, aluminium and plastics.
“Since the installation of the compaction equipment earlier this year, Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board estimates that 29 bales of cardboard, four bales of aluminium and eight bales of plastics have been collected,” Dr Sykes said.
“Through this funding, Mount Hotham Alpine Resort will be able to reduce its overall waste management costs as well as reduce the amount of recyclable items going to landfill.”
Member for Murray Valley, Tim McCurdy also attended the event.
Mr McCurdy said, “This is another example of how the Victorian Government is investing in waste reduction projects to help businesses operate more effectively, reduce costs and care for the environment.”
The installation of public place recycling bins will allow more recyclables to be collected from visitors and local residents.
The Victorian Government’s $14 million Smarter Resources Smarter Business program has supported many Victorian businesses to operate in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.
This funding contributes to one of the goals outlined in the Victorian Government’s new waste policy Getting Full Value.