Friday, May 19, 2023

Mayoral Summit on Waste

Disappointing Mayoral Summit on Waste.
After summit chat

There were Councillors, public servants from NSW EPA, Fed dept if Environment and Councils. Two consultants also presented.
Craig Reussal of War on Waste fame was the MC. Another series is about to hit our screens.
There was a bit too much mention of EDUCATION of COMMUNITIES and not enough talk of Design.
We are only going to be able to tackle waste at the source with producer responsibility - currently the COMMUNITY is paying the DOMESTIC WASTE Charge to cover the cost. While PRODUCERS of the WASTE do not even tell us how much RECYCLED content they are using.
Feds plan
We throw away large amounts of food that was expensive to PRODUCE and DELIVER to us and cost us a lot. Then we pay to have it taken away. We need to mine our Waste and recover the resources. The landfill levy drove the community to separate their RESOURCES for RECOVERY - but no use if it is just dumped or burned,
The private sector plays a big part but we need better REGULATION and to be realistic COUNCILs can only advocate. And simply Tender to the Market for millions of dollars of services that move our garbage out of our LGA. It is the DESIGN and PROCUREMENT of these SERVICES which has to change.
The NSW and Federal Governments need to step up. 
Good to hear a call to support Local Hubs. Marrickville has had one for years at Addison Road. The Inner West Council Reuse and Recycle Hub opening is immenant.
In 2010, I looked into E-Waste and there was talk of the Reverse Supply Chain. What happened since? 

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