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The ACTSmart Business and Office program encourages participants to set up mobile phone recycling for mobile batteries, handsets, chargers etc. They also encourage participants to set up battery recycling for staff, and at many sites, staff are encouraged to bring in batteries from home to recycle through the workplace recycling program. These form part of the accreditation under the program.

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

(c) A battery 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 battery 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 dispose of batteries. Some of these are listed in the ‘Recycling Guide’ on the ACT NOWaste website.

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

Batteries collected in the ACT by commercial recyclers / transporters are transported interstate for processing under the Movement of Controlled Waste between State and Territories National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM). Processing facilities usually break items into component parts for recycling. Details of exact processes used by different companies should be obtained directly from those companies.

Waste—third organic bin
(Question No 1905)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 27 October 2011 (redirected to the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development):

(1) In relation to third organic bin costings what are the full costings of, and assumptions behind, a third bin collection as presented in the URS Supplementary report, ‘Economic Modelling of Options for Waste Infrastructure in the ACT’ 2010, p 7-8.

(2) What are the reasons why costings for a third bin were provided by TAMS whereas the figures for other options including the dirty MRF were provided by the technology suppliers.

(3) How were these different sources of costings, and hence the differing assumptions on their respective practical applicability, taken into account in order to make comparable option assessments in the URS modelling.

(4) What are the details underpinning the reasons for why the draft Waste Strategy (p 17) assessed Canberrans as not very capable or willing to participate in source separation.

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