No time to waste
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