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Why you can’t have a third bin but you will get a new dump

By johnboy 16 December 2011 26

Simon Corbell is explaining his plans for waste disposal which do not include a green waste bin, but do include new Material Recovery Facilities, which we think is what normal people call a tip.

“The ACT Government has identified three key measures in the new ACT Waste Strategy 2011-2025 to divert over 120,000 tonnes of waste per year from the ACT’s existing landfill sites,” Mr Corbell said.

These three measures are:

1) The construction of a Residual Waste Materials Recovery Facility (Residual Waste MRF) which can sort and collect organic waste such as food scraps from the existing smaller green household rubbish collection service. This is expected to recover around 53,000 tonnes of waste per year by 2021.

2) The construction of a Mixed Commercial Waste Material Recovery Facility (Commercial MRF) which will sort and collect glass , plastics and paper from the office, retail, hotel and hospitality sectors. This is expected to recycle up to 70,000 tonnes of waste per year by 2014.

3) Further actions to enable the development of energy-from-waste facilities to produce renewable “bioenergy” through the conversion of woodwaste , dirty paper, fabrics and other materials. Up to 20% of existing waste to landfill could be beneficially used through use of these technologies.

But as for a third bin, Simon is resolute his plan is better:

“This analysis highlights that a third bin service for either food waste or garden waste would cost significantly more to operate and cost more per tonne of GHG abated than the Residual MRF. To deliver the most efficient option to collect organic waste from household, the residual MRF option has been chosen” Mr Corbell said.

UPDATE: The Greens’ are not convinced Simon’s done his sums right:

ACT Greens TAMS Spokesperson, Caroline Le Couteur MLA, says that the Government has ignored the potential benefits of source separation of organic waste.

“With the release of the new Waste Strategy, the concern now is that the Government is not prioritising source separation which leads to higher quality products and better environmental outcomes,” Ms Le Couteur said.

“It seems that the Government is set on investing in a dirty MRF, a clean MRF and a waste-to energy plant for wood waste products.

“The consultancy report states that the quality of end-products which would come from a dirty MRF are expected to be much lower than what could be achieved through the current composting process, and certainly much lower quality than source separation.

“We are also concerned about the way that the costings for a third bin have been assessed. The potential reduced costs of landfill waste collection does not appear to be part of the calculations.

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ma7trlb 8:10 am 08 Jan 12

Felix the Cat said :

Simon Corbell is probably right from an economic point of view. Workout the costs of providing ~350,000 bins…

closer to 100k – given only households need a bin, and even then, people in flats/apartments can probably be overlooked.

Instead though, why not provide those of us who would utilise this with a reimbursement for a trash-pak service for genuine compostibles etc?

cranky 8:16 pm 07 Jan 12

Can we make that ‘greater’?

cranky 8:13 pm 07 Jan 12

miz said :

I am so frustrated by this govt. I suggest, as has been suggested by others, that the ACT Government look to Queanbeyan for waste policy inspiration. . . . how is it the Q manages to have green bins and hard rubbish collections for everyone, and we don’t on the purported basis that they are ‘too expensive’?

+1

After a couple of days VERY heavy pruning, and four truck loads of green waste to Corkhills, battling the other variously competent trailer reversers of the ACT, I noticed that friends Corkhill appear to be setting up a charging station at the entry to the green waste disposal site.

I’ve seen no reference to this in the media, but if this goes down, local gov’s refusal to supply a green waste disposal system will become even less defensible. I, for one, would refuse to be charged for supplying my labour and materials so that Corkhills can make an even graeter profit.

miz 1:53 pm 18 Dec 11

I am so frustrated by this govt. I suggest, as has been suggested by others, that the ACT Government look to Queanbeyan for waste policy inspiration. . . . how is it the Q manages to have green bins and hard rubbish collections for everyone, and we don’t on the purported basis that they are ‘too expensive’?

http://www.qcc.nsw.gov.au/external/Environment/WasteandRecycling

Queanbeyan’s rates are here:

http://www.qcc.nsw.gov.au/external/AboutCouncil/RatesFeesandCharges/RatesFeesandCharges

I would be most interested in a comparison between the respective costs of Queanbeyan’s operations and the ACT’s TAMS Department. Does anyone know how to do this?

RoyBatty 12:37 pm 18 Dec 11

no 3rd bin for me. I dont want to pay for it or subsidise others laziness/incompitence. I do that enough already.

Innovation 10:17 am 18 Dec 11

I used to support the third bin proposal but I’ve changed my mind. For those who can’t recycle on site, there are plenty of private options (Tom’s Trash Packs or hire or borrow a trailer a couple of times a year for a hundred or so dollars). Personally, we’ve started letterboxing neighbours when we are getting rid of green waste in our trailer so that they can add theirs in too if they want – which helps build neighbourhood relations.

The alternative is for all of us to pay extra taxes for a third bin, which some of us wouldn’t use and others would contaminate and cost more to sort.

As for kitchen type compost, if you don’t want or need a compost bin in your own garden why not letterbox to see if anyone else in your area would like it. There are some pretty keen gardeners around.

Also, #4 cross – a 2nd recycling bin costs just over $50pa. It’s easy to order one from TAMS and keeps down your non recyclable rubbish.

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