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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 8 December 2011) . . Page.. 6067 ..


(2) Data on waste to landfill, resource recovery and other key information is on the TAMS website for 1993-94 to 2009-10 at www.tams.act.gov.au/live/recyclingwaste/about_ACT_NOWaste/progress_and_ charts . The website will be updated shortly to include 2010-11 data.

(3) Current comparative data for all jurisdictions is not available.

The most recent national comparison of waste generation and recovery statistics in Australian jurisdictions is based on 2006-07 data and is reported in the 2010 National Waste Report. Table 2.5 from that report is attached. The full report is at http://www.ephc.gov.au/taxonomy/term/89.


Waste—lights and batteries(Question No 1904)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 27 October 2011:

(1) In relation to the disposal of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs (a) what education or instructions are the government giving to householders and business about how to safely dispose of CFLs; (b) where can the public take these for disposal; (c) what happens to any CFL that are in the green landfill bins; (d) what happens to any CFL that are in the yellow recycling bins; (e) are there any commercial facilities for disposal of CFL’s; (f) where are CFL’s that are properly disposed of in the ACT taken and how are they then processed.

(2) In relation to the disposal of household batteries not including car batteries (a) what education or instructions are the government giving to householders and business about how to safely dispose of batteries; (b) where can the public take these for disposal; (c) what happens to any that are in the green landfill bins; (d) what happens to any that are in the yellow recycling bins; (e) are there any commercial facilities for disposal of batteries; (f) where are batteries that are properly disposed of in the ACT taken and how are they then processed.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) (a) CFLs from domestic sources: Canberra Connect, the ACT NOWaste website and responses to queries advise that used CFLs from a domestic source can be dropped off free of charge at the Mugga Lane and Mitchell Resource Management Centres.

People who do not wish to drop off their CFLs at the Resource Management Centres are referred to the Environment Protection Unit and are advised that they may wrap CFLs in newspaper and place them into the household

green-lidded waste bin.

CFLs from commercial sources: Canberra Connect, the ACT NOWaste website and responses to queries encourage recycling of CFLs from commercial sources, which usually attracts a fee. The Recycling Guide on the ACT NOWaste website lists companies that provide recycling services for CFLs.


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