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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 8 December 2011) . . Page.. 6068 ..


Businesses and offices involved in the ACTSmart Office or ACTSmart Business Recycling Programs are advised that they can utilise a commercial recycling service for CFLs. The ACTSmart program facilitates this service with the provision of signage and education to those organisations encouraging staff to recycle CFLs.

The Environment Protection Unit also provides direct advice about how to dispose of large or commercial quantities of CFLs and how to safely clean up a CFL that is accidentally broken.

(b) Members of the public may dispose of CFLs in the manners noted above.

(c) A CFL placed in a household green-lidded waste bin will be collected in the regular household waste collection and transported to the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre, where it will be interred in landfill.

(d) A CFL placed in a household yellow-lidded recycling bin will be collected in the regular household recycling collection and transported to the Materials Recovery Facility at Hume. It will be sorted out from the recyclables and directed into the contamination stream, which is interred in landfill.

(e) There are commercial facilities that recycle and dispose of CFLs. Some of these are listed in the ‘Recycling Guide’ on the ACT NOWaste website.

(f) CFLs sent to landfill in the ACT are interred in the engineered lined landfill at Mugga Lane. Disposal of CFLs in that landfill is consistent with the Environmental Authorisation.

CFLs collected at the Resource Management Centres are collected under contract by Chemsal Pty Ltd. Other CFLs are collected by commercial recyclers / transporters, where the owner of the item has arranged this. The CFLs are then transported interstate under the Movement of Controlled Waste between State and Territories National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM). Recycling facilities crush CFLs where the metal, glass, and mercury containing powder are recycled.

(2) (a) Canberra Connect, the ACT NOWaste website and responses to queries advise that mobile phone batteries can be dropped off at the Mobile Muster collection points provided at each of our Recycling Drop Off Centres and Resource Management Centres. The Mobile Muster website describes the program fully.

Canberra Connect, the ACT NOWaste website and responses to queries encourage people to take other household batteries to Battery World in Phillip for recycling. Battery World recycles small amounts of most household batteries from domestic sources free of charge. If people do not wish to use this recycling option, they may also be advised that small amounts of fully discharged lithium batteries or other household batteries (but not NiCAD batteries) can be wrapped in newspaper and placed into the household green-lidded waste bin.

For large or commercial quantities of NiCAD batteries, the Environment Protection Unit provides direct advice about which companies can dispose of these. For household quantities of NiCAD batteries, Canberra Connect and the Environment Protection Unit encourage people to recycle them with companies such as Battery World, Cleanaway Canberra, SITA Environmental Solutions Canberra and MRI.


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