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(4) (a) In 2011-12 the staffing requirements are 1 x SOG C (part time 0.8, with 60% of workload dedicated to the program), 1 x ASO6 and 1 x ASO5. The staffing cost for the current financial year to 30th April has been $153,765.03.

(b) There have been 188 new sign ups to the programs with 25 new accreditations and 52 reaccreditations (completed annually).

(5) Every signatory to the program is required to complete a first and second waste audit, which is verified by ACTSmart staff.

(6) To reach accreditation signatories must:

Implement the program as directed in the Best Practice Guide;

have a reduction of waste to landfill;

have 75% of staff attend a ACTSmart training session;

Implement mixed recycling, paper, cardboard and organic collection systems; and

Install ACTSmart stickers and signage to provide consistency across sites.

(7) Contact is made to accredited sites via quarterly newsletter, regularly emails, annual awards event and reaccreditation after twelve months.

(8) The process from the initial sign-up through to achieving accreditation takes six to twelve months. This is a voluntary program for our signatories, with the work completed whilst achieving other business priorities, and therefore it can take some time to implement the program. Accreditation is not automatic, as it requires achievement of measurable waste reduction outcomes.

ACT public service—agency waste management
(Question No 2289)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 2 May 2012:

(1) In relation to ACT Government agency waste management, which ACT agencies (a) have a current Resource Management Plan that includes waste management and sustainable procurement, (b) have a dedicated environment officer or team, (c) are signed up to ACTSmart Office or ACTSmart Business and (d) are fully accredited under ACTSmart Office or ACTSmart Business.

(2) For agencies not yet accredited, why has there been a delay.

(3) For agencies which do not have a current Resource Management Plan, why do they not have a plan and when will they be completed.

(4) When ACT agencies participate in the ACTSmart Office and ACTSmart Business programs, is this funded through funds allocated to ACTSmart Office and ACTSmart Business.

(5) Is it appropriate for ACT agencies to be included on the list of ACTSmart programs when there is already a requirement for these agencies to have a Resource Management Plan and waste reduction plan.

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