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Share your views on the draft ACT Sustainable Waste Strategy

By DECCEW_ACTGovt 3 February 2011 11

How do we reduce the amount of waste the ACT generates? What does waste have to do with climate change?

 The Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water is seeking input from the community on the ACT Government’s draft ACT Sustainable Waste Strategy 2010–2025.

The draft strategy aims for the ACT to lead innovation in the management of waste to achieve full resource recovery and a carbon neutral waste sector.

A series of 5 community forums on the draft strategy have been scheduled:

  • Belconnen – Wednesday 9 February, 7-8.30pm
    Belconnen Premier Inn, 110 Benjamin Way, Belconnen
  • Canberra City – Thursday 10 February, 6-7.30pm
    Canberra Club, Level 1, 45 West Row, Canberra City
  • Woden – Tuesday 15 February, 7-8.30pm
    Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Woden
  • Tuggeranong – Wednesday 16 February, 7-8.30pm
    Burns Club, 8 Kett Street, Kambah
  • Gungahlin – Thursday 17 February, 7-8.30pm
    Gungahlin Lakes, Cnr Gundaroo & Gungahlin Drive, Nicholls 

A workshop focusing on energy from waste will be held on Friday 18 February from 12.30-1.30pm at the Canberra Club, Level 1, 45 West Row, Canberra City.

To RSVP for any of these forums please email environment@act.gov.au or call 6207 2464.

For further information, including a copy of the draft strategy, visit www.environment.act.gov.au/waste or contact the ACT Sustainable Waste Strategy Secretariat on 02 6207 6309.

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pajs 10:37 am 04 Feb 11

What is the link between waste and climate change? Several links.
– As organic wastes degrade in landfill, they produce methane. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Landfill gas capture systems can be installed to capture some, but not all, gas from landfill.
– There is a carbon footprint for each bit of stuff discarded as waste. From resource extraction through manufacture, use and disposal, the life cycles of stuff have greenhouse emissions attached to them. Keeping stuff from becoming waste can reduce the greenhouse emissions associated with the products and materials circulating in our economy.
– Some options for dealing with waste can reduce greenhouse emissions compared with alternative options. This is not just the obvious stuff like recycling aluminium rather than landfilling it and making more from virgin sources (energy and ghg intensive to do). For example. taking green waste and turning it into compost, then applying that compost to agricultural or horticultural soils can lock up carbon in those soils. It can also reduce the need for chemical fertiliser inputs that have their own greenhouse footprint.

For me, it would be great to see a periodic hard waste collection introduced in Canberra. I’d also like to see a greenwaste bin, possibly with integrated food waste/green waste collection and composting or digestion, such as is happening in South Australia. But paying for this will mean copping charges, such as a rates increase. On balance, I’m OK with that.

Keijidosha 9:05 am 04 Feb 11

shadow boxer said :

Dont ask me, I dont even understand what is so bad about landfill, the one out at Belconnen served us well for mny years then push some dirt over it and build houses, what’s the big deal ?

Assuming that you’re not being sarcastic, Belconnen landfill is the subject of serious environmental concerns. It turns out that when you bury thousands of cubic metres of garbage that toxins and pollutants find their way in to the water table. In the case of Belconnen landfill the proximity to the Murrumbidgee River is a bit of an issue.

miz 7:51 am 04 Feb 11

I hope a hard rubbish (‘council’) collection is finally included in the waste strategy. I don’t care about the other specious rubbish about ‘sustainable waste’. I already compost my green waste, because I have a thing called a backyard.

Primal 7:21 am 04 Feb 11

I-filed said :

In all seriousness, where on the ACT Govt website can we find the outcomes report on the “No Waste by 2010” strategy? There will surely have been an evaluation component built in during the planning stage, and a formal reporting mechanism?

Since “No Waste 2010” was reclassified as an aspirational target, maybe being able to justify the strategy also became an aspirational target?

shadow boxer 6:45 am 04 Feb 11

Chief Ten Beers said :

What does waste have to do with climate change?

Exactly what I was thinking.

Dont ask me, I dont even understand what is so bad about landfill, the one out at Belconnen served us well for mny years then push some dirt over it and build houses, what’s the big deal ?

olfella 4:42 am 04 Feb 11

wildturkeycanoe said :

We don’t even get the Chronicle so how apart from letter box drops are we [the non-socialites] supposed to know about these goings on? Stuff the environment, I’m in the burbs!

If they stop letterbox drops then they wipe out a whole industry! Gee, even Stanhope and the rest of the pollies have been known to get rid of their waste in my letter box.

wildturkeycanoe 12:08 am 04 Feb 11

Apart from “Carbon neutral waste sector” sounding like we’re part of a futuristic Earth where all inhabitants are classified not by their status but by the size of their rubbish bins….
What is the point in having community forums asking for input on a draft plan and then a day after these forums providing a workshop on energy from waste? So, get the uninformed public approval and then tell them the truth after they’ve agreed to the “draft”?? Typical government flim-flam. If I hadn’t seen it here on Riotact I wouldn’t have even known about it. Public consultation my A$$. Not everyone buys the local rag, or watches the local news [now that pay TV is our god]. We don’t even get the Chronicle so how apart from letter box drops are we [the non-socialites] supposed to know about these goings on? Stuff the environment, I’m in the burbs!

I-filed 11:30 pm 03 Feb 11

In all seriousness, where on the ACT Govt website can we find the outcomes report on the “No Waste by 2010” strategy? There will surely have been an evaluation component built in during the planning stage, and a formal reporting mechanism?

Chaz 8:14 pm 03 Feb 11

I thought we already got rid of all the waste by 2010?

oh wait a minute….

Chief Ten Beers 6:18 pm 03 Feb 11

What does waste have to do with climate change?

Exactly what I was thinking.

facet 5:32 pm 03 Feb 11

Ah the tried and true PS response to a policy failure, the “calling for community comment on a draft strategy”.
Circle the wagons guys.
Next is the “considering of the first stage of a feasibility implementation plan”.
Yes Minister.

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