No time to waste

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

DOU­GLAS Shire Sus­tain­able Group (DSSG) have thrown their sup­port be­hind coun­cil’s waste re­duc­tion and re­cy­cling plan for the shire.

Tar­gets in the plan in­clude a re­cy­cle shop, the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of base­line waste char­ac­ter­is­tics, re­duc­tion in waste gen­er­a­tion through­out the Shire, an in­crease in re­cy­cling rates through­out the Shire and im­proved re­source re­cov­ery at trans­fer sta­tions.

DSSG pres­i­dent Kevin Eldridge said he had no doubt the strat­egy, if re­sourced ad­e­quately, will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on re­duc­ing waste.

“In re­al­ity we can’t change the fact that peo­ple pro­duce waste,” he said.

“What we can change is how much waste we pro­duce, how we use that waste as a re­source, and how we man­age waste.”

“Re­cy­cling has to be the first op­tion over land­fill and we be­lieve that the strate­gies of au­dit­ing, mon­i­tor­ing, ed­u­ca­tion as well as in­creas­ing re­cy­cling op­por­tu­ni­ties in pub­lic places will im­prove our re­cy­cling ef­forts.”

“We need to fo­cus on turn­ing waste into use­ful prod­uct – cre­at­ing new mar­kets and jobs.”

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said Coun­cil would im­ple­ment a range of strate­gies to achieve the tar­gets set out in the plan.

“Coun­cil will de­velop and im­ple­ment an il­le­gal dump­ing strat­egy, in­tro­duce tai­lored re­cy­cling pro­grams for com­mer­cial premises and multi-unit dwellings, en­cour­age pub­lic place re­cy­cling and pro­mote res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial com­post­ing,” she said.

“Other mea­sures to be adopted in­clude un­der­tak­ing waste char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion au­dits on house­hold, com­mer­cial and pub­lic place waste, in­stalling waste mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems at re­mote fa­cil­i­ties to more ac­cu­rately mea­sure and re­port on vol­umes of waste and adopt­ing fees and charges which en­cour­age the sepa­ra­tion of items from the waste stream.”

While Mr El­ridge said DSSG sup­ported coun­cils ef­forts to com­bat waste, the sus­tain­abil­ity group be­lieves this is just one nec­es­sary step in a se­ries of steps to pro­tect the shire.

“We would like to see the strat­egy de­vel­oped over time and re­sources com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing mar­kets for re­cy­cled prod­ucts,” he said.

“We also be­lieve that coun­cil should con­sider a waste re­duc­tion levy sys­tem for com­mer­cial premises and in­dus­try which in to­tal pro­duces a 5668tn of in­dus­trial waste in the shire, ev­ery year.”

Coun­cil voted to adopt the plan dur­ing Tues­day’s or­di­nary meet­ing, the last meet­ing be­fore the shire elec­tions.

House­hold waste in the Dou­glas Shire in 2015 to­talled 8518 tonnes, with 5668 tonnes of com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial waste and 1480 tonnes of con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion waste recorded. ONCE more the drums are beat­ing with tales tall and true oflife in the balmy trop­ics


The land fill site at Kil­laloe

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