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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 8 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2230..


MS MacDONALD: Tip fees will not cover it, Ms Dundas.

The cost of a kitchen bin is $2.20; the cost of an individual household bin is $36.65, and the cost of a multi-unit bin is $47.25. That is fairly expensive. We need to be continuing to push the gauntlet and say that we are aiming for no waste going to the tip by 2010. Whilst that is just around the corner, it is a very big corner. As Mr Hargreaves pointed out to me, it is only 71/2 years away. I can say that, having spoken to ACT No Waste, they are confident that they will be able to achieve that by 2010, without introducing the third bin across Canberra.

I agree with Ms Tucker's assessment that we have set ourselves a bold target of achieving no waste by 2010. I believe other jurisdictions in the country look to Canberra as a leader in waste strategies. There are a number of jurisdictions around this country which have introduced a third bin for green waste. They have also, in the past, introduced such things as crates for bottles and paper, which were not sorted. Many of those trials have been unsuccessful. A lot of those were not trials. Councils around the country are now looking at having to replace methods they have previously utilised.

I would also agree with Ms Tucker that we need to find a more coordinated way of collecting green waste. As I said in my initial speech, at the moment, there is some 90,000 tonnes of garden waste being delivered to recycling services each year. That is by those people taking it there of their own accord-and through trash packs.

However, I would suggest that we need to find ways of letting people in the community know how they can get their green waste to the recycling services if they are not prepared to compost it all themselves, which is another method of reducing the waste.

In summary, Mr Speaker, I am pleased to have had all the support from previous speakers. I commend the motion to you, with the second part of Ms Dundas' amendment.

Ordered that the amendments be put separately.

Amendment No 1 negatived.

Amendment No 2 agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

O'Connell Centre

MR PRATT: Pursuant to standing order 128, I fix the next day of sitting for the moving of this motion.


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