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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 10 May 2018) . . Page.. 1876 ..

Feedback is also obtained from food donors and recipient charities through surveys pre and post involvement in the food rescue program. This information is used to change and improve the Program, maximising efficiency and customer service.

Waste—recycling(Question No 1067)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 23 March 2018:

(1) What financial implications will Chinese refusal to accept 24 categories of recyclables have upon the ACT’s kerbside recycling.

(2) Will the refusal translate to higher costs associated with the Yellow Bin collections; if so, how much and will this increased cost impact ACT rate payers; if not, why not.

(3) Will the refusal lead to previously recyclable goods now being redirected to landfill; if so, which categories of recyclable goods and what weight of each category.

(4) Will the refusal force changes to the ACT Waste Feasibility Study; if so, how.

(5) When will the ACT Waste Feasibility Study be released.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Hume Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) operator, Re.Goup, primarily sells its recyclables (commodities) into domestic markets. This includes the paper and cardboard which is the main material impacted by the China import restrictions. While domestic prices in some commodity markets have been impacted by the China import restrictions, it is expected that any short-term cost pressures will be managed within existing budget funding.

(2) There is no change to household recycling bin collections or to the cost of those collections. The cost of the kerbside collection service by SUEZ is set by contract, and is not affected by the sale of the sorted recyclable material from the MRF.

(3) No. Re.Group’s existing commodity sale agreements are within domestic markets.

(4) The China import restrictions do not change the recommendations of the Waste Feasibility Study. With over 250,000 tonnes of waste sent to landfill in the ACT each year, the Study has identified a wide range of opportunities for waste minimisation and resource recovery.

(5) The outcomes of the Study are expected to be announced in the near future, followed by consultation with the community and industry.

Multicultural affairs—community language grants program(Question No 1068)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 23 March 2018:

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