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Recycling to stay despite shutdown THERE will be no disruption to kerbside recycling collections for households on the Mornington Peninsula, despite a new ban on the shire’s waste recycler SKM Services last week. The ban came 48 hours after a fire at the company’s Laverton North site, Monday 8 July. It reportedly involved a conveyor belt surrounded by tonnes of recyclable and potentially flammable material. The mayor Cr David Gill said the shire would “continue to monitor the situation and keep in regular contact with SKM”. “Council continues to work with the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group on long-term solutions, including advocacy for urgent policy change in the recycling industry,” he said. “We reiterate our message that, as a community, we can’t become

complacent. It’s up to everyone to understand the waste they generate; how they can avoid generating it in the first place and how they can reduce their impact on our environment.” Tips to reduce waste include reducing packaging, not placing recyclable items in plastic bags (which go direct to landfill), upcycling or repairing items and buying second-hand. Shoppers should use reusable bags when shopping – not single-use plastics. Homeowners should compost food waste and join the shire’s Compost Challenge at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/ composting, the mayor said. At the beach take “three for the sea” by picking up three pieces of rubbish. The mayor said free recycling days were regularly held at the shire’s transfer stations.

Early training for seeing eye dogs VISION Australia’s seeing eye dogs are expected to have more than 40 puppies by the end of August which may one day become a partner to someone that is blind or has low vision. Once the pups are about 15 months old they will begin formal training at Kensington but, before that, their training begins all over Victoria. Puppy development trainer Claire Crewe says the Mornington Peninsula is a good place for the puppies to begin their training.

“The peninsula is a great area to be a puppy carer because it offers an array of different environments to train and expose your puppy to. Parks, beaches, shops, the has it all,” Ms Crewe said puppy caring involved looking after a puppy for up to a year. Food, equipment, veterinary bills and bedding is supplied by Seeing Eye Dogs. An information session about puppy caring will be held 10.30am Friday 19 July at Mornington Library in Vancouver Street.

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LIBERAL MP for Mornington David Morris has accused the state Labor government of having a plan that will see beach boxes “ripped off our beaches”. While last week’s run of strong winds and waves appeared to be trying their best to undermine beach boxes at Mt Martha North, Mr Morris issued a news release saying the Draft Marine and Coast Policy report released by Environment Minister Lily

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