Transport company caught up in SKM Recycling case

Tasman Logistics Services among 10 parties pursuing recycler over debts

Transport company caught up in SKM Recycling case
SKM provides recycling services to multiple councils


Tasman Logistics Services says it is business as usual for its own operations after it was identified as one of the parties affected by the saga around embattled recycling company SKM.

SKM provides recycling services to local councils across Victoria, Tasmania and NSW, processing about 400,000 metric tonnes of material a year, but was dubbed a "rogue operator" after a series of fires at its sites, leading to a crackdown by the environmental watchdog for licence breaches including stockpiling material.

It is also involved in a court case "over debts totalling millions of dollars", according to reports, and "will remain in limbo for another week before a decision is made whether it is shut down".

A number of creditors are seeking the company be wound up and liquidated to pay what is owed, but SKM lawyers hope to receive financing by the end of this week to pay significant debts, reports say.

More on Tasman Logistics' company history, here

A lawyer representing Tasman Logistics, which is owed $3.35 million and is among 10 creditors to the claim, "pressed during a hearing for the company to be wound up" and was "sceptical of the latest promise of money by the end of the week", according to reports.

"There is not sufficient certainty this payment will be received," he says.

Tasman Logistics CEO Ivan Vanis tells ATN "it’s business as usual and has no impact to operations".

It had previously been engaged in transport, warehousing and storage services for SKM.

"This debt is quite old now and does not have any effect on our day-to-day services," Vanis adds.

"We continue to provide a high-quality service to our clients.

"We are still working with our legal team towards a payment plan with SKM."

SKM’s situation leaves a number of the state’s recycling services in doubt.


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