Recycling crisis in the wake of the Aussie Junk debacle

johnboy 4 August 2009 35

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is having a red hot shot at the Government’s “rabbit in the headlights” approach to the collapse of their recycling services provider at the tips:

    Greens spokesperson on waste, Caroline Le Couteur MLA, today called on Mr Stanhope to ensure a recycling service starts operating at the landfill immediately, even if it is for an interim period.

    “We’ve known since May that Aussie Junk were going under. It’s now August and we’re facing a potentially long period without this recycling service,” Ms Le Couteur said.

    “The tender process will give us more months of limbo. Goods that should be reused are already piling up, and we can’t allow a situation where these end up being dumped in the landfill.

She also makes a good point about the danger of getting Theiss to handle the inflow:

    “I am also concerned that the Government is currently using Theiss, who are the landfill managers, to also manage the Mugga Lane reusables site. There is a potential conflict of interest here, given the fact that Theiss collect money for sending materials to landfill,” Ms Le Couteur said.

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35 Responses to Recycling crisis in the wake of the Aussie Junk debacle
carmer1920 carmer1920 8:16 pm 08 Sep 09

With Revolve and Aussie Junk out of the way, Thiess i,m sure will lead the way, whats that show me the money,oh its all about making money and loads of it , not loads of recycling,

carmer1920 carmer1920 5:05 pm 06 Sep 09

its all about making money, they dont just want a part of the pie they want the lot, heard they were booting Aussie Junk out anyway, they left on there own will not as bankrupt as we all may think, they still operate in queensland, maybe AJ had enough of the bullshit with no waste and thiess, with aj and revovle gone, thiess will lead the way

A Yong A Yong 5:55 am 04 Sep 09

Appears the renovations at Mitchell cost very close to 6 digits, they have to recoupe their expenditure
Who gives a hoot about the facade, it is a recycle centre not a shop as such
As time goes by they will wake up to the fact that they cannot survive on selecting only the best and landfill the rest

carmer1920 carmer1920 10:04 pm 03 Sep 09

double dipping, we as the public pay at the Thiess Weight Bridge to dump, then there workers salvage our dumped goods, and resell in the mitchell shop, a percentage made at the weight bridge all the takings made at the mitchell shop. ?????????? is that right

carmer1920 carmer1920 9:57 pm 03 Sep 09

Heard Aussie junk where being booted out by Thiess anyway, Aussie Junk had no choose but to leave, so remember what you hear is not always true, Tell you one thing thats true you would always get a bargin at Aussie Junk, What can i say about Thiess? I geuss “show me the money:”, sums them up. IF AUSSIE JUNK WENT BANKRUPT WHY DO THEY STILL OPERATE IN QUEENSLAND. Think about it with Aussie Junk gone and Revolve gone, Theres no competition, Its all about money, and about if your got lots your sure to get what ever you want.Money from the weight bridge where we as the public pay to dump, and Thiess will make more money ,as there workers take the goods you pay to dump, at the Thiess weight bridge, down to the mitchell shop ……………………………

phototext phototext 9:06 am 03 Sep 09

Cheers Thumper.

tombo tombo 8:47 am 03 Sep 09

Thiess running the site at Mitchell is one thing as yes they are responsible for having a re-use center as part of their contract, but why are they tendering for the old revolve/aussie junk operation at mugga lane?

How can such a small business be of interest to such a big company? Is it just a PR stunt to make them look environmentally responsible, or does their motivation have more sinister undertones as The Greens and Revolve would have people believe?

Thumper Thumper 7:43 pm 02 Sep 09

However, Revolve is still running at Mugga…

che che 7:36 pm 02 Sep 09

Since last Friday Mitchell is now open again for selling and taking stuff and will be run by Thiess. In fact the contract was with Thiess previously and they just sub=contracted it to Aussie Junk.

Mugga on the other hand is being run by Theiss only on an interim basis whilst the new tender is put out to replace the now defunct Aussie Junk.
Theiss are not selling any items from Mugga, but they are receiving items at their discretion. Ie only what they can sell, which is the whole point I guess.

Thumper Thumper 7:28 pm 02 Sep 09

phototext, yep, still open…

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 4:24 pm 02 Sep 09

This has again been pursued in the Assembly by Caroline Le Couteur (have a look at Hansard roughly around p3829 under heading “Recycling”, proof (as in non-final) copies are up over here)

tombo tombo 3:56 pm 02 Sep 09

Doesn’t it seem a little strange that a multinational company like theiss would even be in this business?

Considering they get paid by the territory to dispose of material surely that would mean they have little incentive to find new markets and to maximise the turnover of material. The shop is clean but were is all the stock?

phototext phototext 2:31 pm 02 Sep 09

I was thinking of riding out to the Mitchell place tomorrow, is the shop still open ?

Thumper Thumper 11:47 am 02 Sep 09

Yep, they seem to take unwanted goods.

peterh peterh 10:34 am 02 Sep 09

Thumper said :

Go to revolve out near Mugga. Still heaps of stuff for a song…

can you drop stuff off to revolve? is there a collection point out there at all? after my very recent move, I would love to be able to give revolve some unwanted goods – I will be damned if aussie junk can have it.

busgirl busgirl 8:38 am 02 Sep 09

Yes, bring back Revolve.

Thumper Thumper 7:45 pm 01 Sep 09

Go to revolve out near Mugga. Still heaps of stuff for a song…

yellowredme yellowredme 4:50 pm 01 Sep 09

Just went to Aussie Junk (or whatever the new name is) in Mitchell, I was disappointed that all the lovely junk is gone and has been replaced by flash but expensive second hand goods. As a Uni student on a budget, the tip shop was my one stop version of DJs, Harvey Norman and Bunnings, I could usually find a decent item there to serve my purpose, will have to take my cheap-ass custom elsewhere! It is now more like a charity shop than a tip shop.

A fellow who seemed to be in charge asked what I thought of the new look, I replied that for me, the good stuff was no longer there (I was looking for plastic plant pots of a particular colour, but the cheapest pot was terracotta at comparable prices to Bunnings), they have worked very hard to tidy up the yard, but I previously didn’t mind the mess as long as I could usually find what I needed.

Where do the not so lovely but useful bits go? It would be good if they could be used again before being broken down for recycling or going to landfill. I drove away looking at the pile of ‘junk’ over at the tip … if only I could have a rifle through that!

Steptoe’s Daughter.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 6:36 am 30 Aug 09

If you try to run this sort of thing as a business, a business is what you will get. The ACT govt should run this themselves, with a view to achieving the objectives damien haas referred to above.

A Yong A Yong 8:39 pm 29 Aug 09

I beg to dispute that comment :Whats Up”

A large sustainable company should alreay be aware of the sustainable program and what can be reused

Heard the expression ” U can fool some of the people some of the time
but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time”

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