Page 4060 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 20 September 2011

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MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for his supplementary. During the trial of the prototype, which went for approximately five weeks, approximately 30 kilograms of recyclable material was recovered from the prototype bin in Garema Place. As I mentioned before, that material was found to be 95 per cent recyclable. The key measure of success of the trial to commence in the city later this year will be the volume of recyclable material diverted from landfill to the materials recycling facility at Hume. All waste collected from the 37 bins to be installed in the city will be weighed and the volume of recyclable material measured during the trial period. That waste will be measured over the full six-month period. Street-level recycling will be tested, in terms of not only the volume of recyclable material collected but also the cost effectiveness of that approach.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, I thank you for rolling out this part of the Labor-Greens agreement. My question is about the signage. It was actually very difficult to find that bin. Will the new signage be yellower and bigger?

MR CORBELL: I am sorry, what was the question again?

Ms Le Couteur: You described the signage as being yellow and A3. Will it be different from the signage on the prototype, which was a very pale brown-yellow and difficult to see? Will it be bigger and better?

MR CORBELL: I am at somewhat of a disadvantage—I am actually colour blind—but I will take advice and provide an answer to you.

Mitchell—chemical fire

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations and concerns the storage and handling of dangerous chemicals in workplaces including the ESI fire site, most specifically PCB. Minister, does the national management plan for PCBs cover best practice for worker safety, and has the ACT implemented the national management plan locally?

MR CORBELL: As the Attorney-General I have responsibility for the Office of Regulatory Services which includes WorkSafe ACT. Given the regulatory aspect of those operations, I am their responsible minister. I am not familiar with the details of the documents Ms Bresnan refers to. I will need to seek some advice and take the question on notice.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, given that WorkSafe was not aware of ESI’s new premises, will it now investigate whether any work safety breaches were occurring at the new premises, including by interviewing workers?

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