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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 5 June 2019) . . Page.. 2075 ..

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The Assembly met at 10 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Environment—waste disposal

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.02): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) up to 37 percent of ACT residential rubbish bin contents are food waste, which ends up in landfill;

(b) it is estimated that a composting site and a food organics and garden organics collection service in the ACT could see over 40 000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill each year;

(c) over 48 percent of local councils in Victoria and over 22 percent of local councils in NSW have already implemented a food organics and garden organics collection service;

(d) up to 80 percent of people living in apartments would like better options for food waste;

(e) the ACT Greens have called for specific actions on food waste in Parliamentary Agreements as far back as 2008;

(f) the ACT Greens called for the green bin collection service to include food waste at the outset of the green bin trial period;

(g) in keeping with the timeframe set by the Waste Feasibility Study in order to divert 90 percent of waste from landfill by 2025, the Waste Feasibility Study prepared by ACT No Waste recommended the implementation of a kerbside food organics and garden organics collection service, which would align with the existing ACT Government garden organics bin roll-out program and the Territory’s existing kerbside collection contract, which expires in 2023;

(h) the 2018 ACT Better Suburbs Statement recommended the inclusion of all compostable waste in green bins;

(i) the Select Committee on Estimates 2018-2019 recommended that the ACT Government implement initiatives to collect and process organic food waste from residential and commercial waste streams, to prevent it from entering landfill;

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