8 December 2010

The draft ACT Sustainable Waste Strategy 2010-25

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Following the abject failure “aspirational success” of NoWaste 2010 Simon Corbell has announced the draft ACT Sustainable Waste Strategy 2010-15 and explanatory material.

“The Government is calling for the community’s views on the strategy which aims for a decrease in waste to landfill by increasing recovery rates to over 80% by 2015, to over 85% by 2020 and to over 90% by 2025,” Mr Corbell said.

“This will allow the ACT to build upon its leadership position across Australia in the area of waste recovery.”

Key measures being proposed to achieve improved commercial waste and organic waste recovery include;

— a new materials recovery facility for commercial waste at the ACT Mugga Lane resource recovery centre; and,
— the development of a processing plant for organic waste from households and the commercial sector.

“A new plant for commercial waste would process between 40-70,000 tonnes of waste each year, meanwhile, a processing plant would recover approximately another 40,000 tonnes of organic waste per year from households,” Mr Corbell said.

“This strategy also identifies options to use energy from waste technologies to produce energy from some organic wastes such as wood, and contaminated paper, cardboard and food, where it can’t be recycled.

Interested parties should send their emails to environment@act.gov.au by 28 February 2011 (some might find this amusing for a strategy purportedly covering 2010.

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If they were serious about waste management as a practical problem instead of as a quasi religious environmental form of observance, they would read the Productivity Commission’s excellent report on waste management:


It highlights that many of the current fashionable assumptions about waste management are not only fallacious, but counter productive. Also, it’s free.

I guess that takes it out of contention for consideration at least two counts.

How about a deposit on all take-away food containers? Slapping $1 deposit on McDonalds wrappers alone should reduce our waste and our litter by 90%.

Will they provide adequate resourcing [the the NoWaste branch] this time around? And what will they do with all that recyclable waste? For a while there, paper and cardboard from the yellow bins were going straight to landfill because the recycled paper market collapsed. I’d be interested to hear where that is up to now.

pink little birdie3:29 pm 08 Dec 10

wouldn’t it be more effective to collect recycling bins weekly rather than fortnightly.
or have a recovery plant where all rubbish goes to the one plant and they filter out the recyclables? (they do have these and it capures something like 65% of all rubbish as recyclables)

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