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“No Waste by 2010” joins the other crap in the landfill

By johnboy - 21 January 2009 61

The ABC informs us that the Chiefly Jon Stanhope has made a rare concession to the real world and admitted that the “No Waste by 2010” campaign was rubbish all along.

    Mr Stanhope says the “No Waste by 2010” campaign was designed to inspire the community to recycle.

    “Almost all slogans have an aspirational purpose,” he said.

    “We will never achieve a situation where there is no waste that’s actually [sent] to landfill, it will never ever be achieved. I think it was an appropriate slogan and an appropriate target.”

I’m sure in one management course or another the importance of aspiring to realistic goals was stressed to me. Still waiting for the training where they recommend talking bollocks for years doing nothing before giving up.

It must be a special ACT Government only one.

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“No Waste by 2010” joins the other crap in the landfill
GardeningGirl 6:42 pm 21 Jan 09

I don’t mind catchy slogans and I don’t mind goals that aren’t 100% achievable as long as there is a genuine attempt to get as close as possible. But it seems to me that after putting the effort into designing the logo things have been going backwards.
A few weeks ago I rang to find out about where to take a particular material which is recyclable but not accepted in recycling bins. I was put through to supposedly the right area but the person I spoke to hadn’t even heard of “No Waste by 2010” and suggested perhaps it was a federal government matter!

LG 6:41 pm 21 Jan 09

I’m a huge fan of the multicultural festival but, for the life of me, I can not fathom why they don’t provide ANY recycling bins, considering the number of beer bottles sold…

Igglepiggle 6:17 pm 21 Jan 09

PsydFX said :

I reckon we could achieve a higher recycle rate if we looked at changing our collection methods, surely weekly collection of recyclables, and fortnightly collection of general waste would force people into being more diligent with what they put where.

Absolutely- our recycle bin is full after about 9 days and the rest just goes in the ordinary bin -which is usually only half full each week

barking toad 5:15 pm 21 Jan 09

This is the mayor going to confession – again. Expecting absolution without the Hail Marys’

– Doogan inquiry – Sorry, I shouldna done what I did
– No rubbish 2010 – didn’t really mean it
– GDE – whoopsy about the other lane
– New motel in Sep 08 – oops, done it again (the sad one can cop this)

There’ll be more to come

– SIEV X memorial – well, I thought it’d get votes
– Bus lane – as above
– Pubic art – the yartz mob conned me
– Nolan Gallery – that wasn’t my fault!
– Tech centre/power station – bloody greens got me
– Solar farm – ditto
– Oldies on buses – I don’t read press releases!
– Gorebull warming – nobody told me about cooling and natural cycles!
– Bike lanes on roads – they said if I built it, they’d ride their bikes

etc,etc….

The mayor wants his sins forgiven before going into retirement.

PM 5:10 pm 21 Jan 09

I’d heard prior to the last election the phrase was changed to “No Waste”.

Funny about the timing of the media coverage, as ususal…

trevar 5:06 pm 21 Jan 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

If they treat us all as idiots, that’s how we’ll act…

Personally, I don’t have to act. Neither, for that matter, does Our Almighty Chief.

Apparently he sees himself as our leader; what a joke. He’s an administrator, and if he would do a little more administration and a little less oration we might be a little closer to having no waste…

RuffnReady 5:03 pm 21 Jan 09

PsydFX said :

I reckon we could achieve a higher recycle rate if we looked at changing our collection methods, surely weekly collection of recyclables, and fortnightly collection of general waste would force people into being more diligent with what they put where.

Nice idea, although it may lead to a higher rate of trash being put in the wrong bin by lazy people who don’t care, which would increase the load on the recycling plant.

Another area that should be targeted more heavily is green waste – there is no reason for green waste not to be 100% recycled into compost.

Also, there needs to be an awareness campaign by govt that there are all kinds of companies out there recycling all kinds of things – for eg. scrap metal people like ezyscrap who will come and take away anything metal for free. There are also companies recycling e-waste (computers, monitors, other electronic goods), but the number of items I see going into landfill bins is depressing. The other day I saw someone dump a computer monitor in a bin outside the Ainslie PO – what a fucking cretin! But you have to make these things easy for people or they won’t do them.

I have a box of old video cassettes I want to get rid of but don’t want to throw out. it took me 2 minutes on Google to find a company in Melbourne that will recycle them for free, and I will take them down with me on my next trip there, but how many people would bother? Not many, sadly.

Skidbladnir 4:44 pm 21 Jan 09

Stanhope is the portfolio holder for TaMS, he made it his problem.

PsydFX 4:42 pm 21 Jan 09

I think the fault actually lies with us, not even Stanhope can take the blame for our own laziness.

nowaste2012 4:39 pm 21 Jan 09

The Solution. Hopefully this will serve to be both inspirational and aspirational.

PsydFX 4:35 pm 21 Jan 09

I reckon we could achieve a higher recycle rate if we looked at changing our collection methods, surely weekly collection of recyclables, and fortnightly collection of general waste would force people into being more diligent with what they put where.

RuffnReady 4:26 pm 21 Jan 09

We recycle around 70% of our garbage by mass, which isn’t bad, but there are still massive gains to be made. Many individuals are still very lazy about recycling (I know this from looking in bins everywhere I go, and from my own apartment block), many businesses don’t do it at all (Manuka is especially shocking – I have seen restaurant workers dumping bags full of bottles in the landfill bin and then telling me they don’t have a recycling bin! Why???), and I can’t believe how lax the ACT government has been in replacing all public bins with dual waste/recycling bins. I carry rubbish home to recycle it, which should not be the case.

If govts across the country were actually serious about landfill, and it is a serious issue, they would require deposit return schemes (like the 5c bottle deposit scheme in SA) for most packaging and get manufacturers to pay for it. As a consequence manufacturers would have an incentive to reduce their packaging loads and head in the direction of full-cycle manufacturing (ie. planning for the disposal/reuse/recycling of products, not just their production). However, govts now believe it is their job to kowtow to industries, so we will never see this.

harvyk1 4:22 pm 21 Jan 09

Short of forcing all manufactures to only sell 100% recyclable products including all packaging and then making it illegal to transport anything which was not recyclable across the NSW \ ACT border, there was no chance that No Waste by 2010 was going to be successful.

What’d they think, take control of a couple of rubbish tips in a city and watch the cities rubbish issue disappear?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 3:36 pm 21 Jan 09

If they treat us all as idiots, that’s how we’ll act…

Skidbladnir 3:33 pm 21 Jan 09

“By 1990 no Australian child will live in poverty…”
“There are no American troops in Baghdad, their soldiers are committing suicide by the hundreds at our gates…”

and now, “No Waste by 2010” can be added to that list.

To be fair, the name was “No Waste by 2010”, but the target was a 95% reduction.

And up until we put Hargreaves in charge of TAMS, I think we were at a reasonable level of compliance (73% was thrown around in this 2006 paper (page 5)).

And in 2004 Gerry Gillespie (once the Zero Waste Australia chairman, developer of Canberra’s NoWaste by 2010 strategy and former Revolve board member, and who was at one point Manager of the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change, Queanbeyan office) was confident enough in our progress that he was willing to congratulate the City of New York on adopting some of Canberra’s policies, and say how Canberra had ‘become the model’.
http://www.consumersunion.org/other/zero-waste/visions-of-zero-waste.html

And then suddenly, in May 2008 the tyres started falling off (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/05/29/2258709.htm), with John Hargreaves behind the wheel.

And now, Stanhope doesn’t seem willing to fix it.

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