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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 4139 ..





Public Service - Waste Recycling

Ms Tucker asked the Minister for Urban Services - In relation to waste recycling services provided to ACT Government Offices -

1) Are all ACT Government offices provided with waste recycling services and if not:

(a) which offices are not provided with this services; and

(b) why do they not have this service.

(2) For those ACT Government offices which do have waste recycling services

(a) what waste materials are currently being collected for recycling; and

(b) what is the proportion of these recycled materials relative to the total amount of waste generated by ACT Government offices.

Mr De Domenico - the answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) All government buildings have some form of waste recycling, although the type of service varies.

(b) Not applicable.

(2) (a) The waste materials collected for recycling are paper, glass and food and beverage containers.

. Paper recycling facilities have been established in all Government offices.

. Mixed container recycling, which includes glass, aluminium cans, plastic containers, cartons and tins is progressively being installed in all workplaces in the Department of Urban Services. Macarthur House is in the process of installing mixed container recycling. Mixed container recycling has also been operating successfully in the Homeworld building. Recycling measures (for paper and mixed containers) will be incorporated into the new Dickson building.

. CIT has mixed container recycling in all canteens on all campuses. Further trade waste reductions have been made at the Bruce Campus in the Engineering Department where metals are collected for recycling and in the building departments where considerable quantities of waste bricks and mortar, timber and plasterboard are being used in a local Landcare project.

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