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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 266..


up to the election, and I am pleased particularly that there is some recognition of the Tuggeranong Community Council and their efforts for the clean-up on the weekend. I will be down on the lake foreshore and in the town park. I guess we will all be out there for a change, which will be rather lovely. I commend my motion to the Assembly.

Ms Bresnan's amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Waste—management

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (8.49): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that the ACT has the second highest rate of waste production per capita in Australia, at 2.5 tonnes per resident;

(b) that on average, 40-50% of household waste is organic matter;

(c) that the level of waste per capita is growing;

(d) that the Mugga Lane landfill site is expected to be full in 2015;

(e) that the Government commissioned Hyder to produce a report Assessment of waste infrastructure and services options for the ACT which was delivered in December 2011;

(f) that according to the Hyder report, an education program:

(i) could reduce overall level of waste to landfill from the household stream by 23% by increasing recycling rates and home composting and food waste avoidance;

(ii) is the most cost effective solution as it doesn't require significant investment in large infrastructure; and

(iii) would be best implemented if contracted out, and therefore not subject to potential annual budget cuts;

(g) that source separation of recyclable materials:

(i) recovers the highest quality organic material for composting with the highest reuse value that can be used to enrich soils and sequester carbon;

(ii) would be enhanced by an education program; and

(iii) has a synergy with the plastic bag ban, as without organic matter in landfill bins, bin liners are unnecessary;


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