More than 10,000 tonnes of recycled material has been dumped at a Walmart recycling centre in Victoria’s south-west, with the waste destined for homes being sold off at a $1.7 million sale.
Key points:The recycling centre has a capacity of 30,000 containersThe recycling bin is a container that can hold up to 10,600 plastic containers and other itemsA Walmart spokesperson said the centre’s capacity has been “shrinking”The company has been providing recyclant containers at the recycling centre for more than 10 years, but last year it started to close the facility, after the centre was “shrink[ing] rapidly”.
Walmart is the biggest recyclor in Australia and is the nation’s largest employer.
The company said it was considering closing its store in the area, but it said the closure would affect the surrounding communities.
“It will impact on communities of many different ages, ethnicities, and religions and communities with a high prevalence of physical and mental health issues,” Walmart said in a statement.
“While Walmart is committed to ensuring that our customers have a positive experience at our stores, this closure will impact local communities, the communities that rely on Walmart, and those that are dependent on our supply chain.”
Walmart has been working with local councils and local businesses to encourage people to donate the material to local charities.
But it said there was a limited supply of recyclabed materials.
“In the past two years, Walmart has partnered with a local recycling centre to collect and distribute more than 2.5 million tonnes of materials, which we hope will be used in new products, services and partnerships to make the world a better place,” Walmart spokesperson, Laura Nesbitt, said in the statement.
In a statement to ABC News, Walmart said the company had a commitment to donating all recyclants, including metals, plastics and glass.
“We are excited to continue this work and donate as much material as possible to local communities through the new recycling centre,” Ms Nespitt said.
She said that the centre had been a major source of income for the local community.
“As part of our long-term plan to grow, we are investing in new recycling centres in Victoria, where the materials we collect from our suppliers can be recycled in new ways to make them more environmentally friendly,” she said.
“If you are interested in becoming a part of this effort, please visit our recycling centre and donate.”