Resources & Waste

Resource or waste? Depends how you see it!

Our waste is a resource, and unless we see it as such, it will continue to be one of the most challenging environmental issues we face. ACT residents have high consuming lifestyles.  Until we successfully manage the waste we generate, it will continue to have significant impacts on wildlife, the environment and human health. Viewing our waste as a resource means we should adopt practices which promote a circular economy, and expand infrastructure that supports responsible waste and resource management.

Say goodbye to single-use plastic!

While plastic is a uniquely malleable, cheap, adaptive and variable product, use of plastic contributes to pollution in waterways and landscapes, and poses threats to wildlife, especially through micro-plastic particles that are readily absorbed by plants and animals, and passed down through the food chain. In addition, the manufacture of plastic requires petroleum products and releases significant greenhouse emissions. No matter how well plastic can be recycled, the focus must be on avoiding its use in the first place.

Food is never wasted!

Food and organic waste sent to landfill contributes to the 4% of greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector and squanders a valuable resource. The most beneficial use of food waste, after recovery and distribution of still-edible food, is as compost to regenerate soil and nurture new plant life, helping soils and plants to sequester carbon, hold moisture and be more resilient to climate change. Improving collection from residential and commercial premises will reduce compost waste going to landfill, and enable us to reuse this valuable resource on both public and private lands.

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ACT Budget 2020/21 Submission

ACT Budget 2020/21 Submission

In May 2019, the ACT Legislative Assembly declared a state of climate emergency noting that “​globally, nationally and locally, human induced climate change is...

Phasing out single-use plastics in the ACT

Phasing out single-use plastics in the ACT

The Conservation Council ACT Region has welcomed the opportunity to provide submission on the Act Government’s phasing out single-use plastic Discussion Paper.

Read the full submission paper here.

We need to rethink plastics in the ACT

We need to rethink plastics in the ACT

Although we welcome the ACT Government’s proposal to tackle single-use plastics, the government needs to take more decisive action on plastic waste and lead community discussion.

Burning forest biomass is not carbon neutral

Burning forest biomass is not carbon neutral

On top of the simplistic claims that growing trees make burning forest biomass innocuous, the carbon accounting rules developed for the Kyoto Protocol and the way they have been applied has also enabled a false perception of carbon neutrality. The IPCC recognised the emissive nature of biomass burning but in recommending how to account for […]

Canberra should aim for kitchen organic AND garden waste

Canberra should aim for kitchen organic AND garden waste

The ACT Government is about to spend $33.3 million on providing a third ‘green’ waste bin for all households in Canberra. This follows a ‘trial’ in Weston Creek and Kambah in 2016-17 at a cost of $1.3 million to over 7,000 households. It seems providing a ‘green’ bin is very popular with residents. But how […]

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