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a. The ACT Government does not have this information readily available on packaging, as packaging can be anything from cardboard to soft plastics and some of these are collected by private businesses. For example, soft plastics are collected by Redcycle through Coles and Woolworths. Businesses that are not licensed under the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Act 2016 do not have reporting obligations.
b. Mattresses are processed under a contract with the ACT Government and amount to less than 1% of total waste, of that 75% of mattress components are recycled.
c. The ACT Government does not have this information available, most of these items end up in landfill as they form part of standard red-lidded bin collection.
This information is not available. The ACT Government encourages people to donate their items in good condition to businesses and charities, this activity is not reported to ACT NoWaste. Any unusable items form part of the waste to landfill category.
Health—services for children
(Question No 675)
Ms Castley asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 25 March 2022:
(1) How many children are on waiting lists for an initial appointment for children’s health services in the ACT.
(2) For each service referred to in part (1), what is the median wait time for each, for the years (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22, broken down by the children’s ages and gender.
(3) How many children have been added to wait lists each year for children’s health services in the ACT since 2016, broken down by the children’s ages and gender.
(4) What is the median wait time for children to be removed from waiting lists in the ACT for each service since 2016.
(5) What policies and actions have been taken by Canberra Health Services (CHS) and ACT Health since 2020 to improve median wait times and what success have they had?
(6) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of the total spending for each policy and action and how much has currently been spent on each policy/action.
(7) How many specialists for children’s health services have been employed and/or have worked in hospitals by CHS and ACT Health since 2016.
(8) Can the Minister provide information about the shortages of specialists for children’s health services including in what areas the shortages are and the relevant figures.
Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows: