We need a rethink on single-use plastics in the ACT

The ACT Government needs to take decisive action on plastic waste, and lead the community discussion about different ways of reducing our plastic footprint. It is time to give up our love affair with single-use plastics.

Plastic pollution is a significant problem in the ACT, nationally and globally, and it is high time we take responsibility to address the problem. Single-use plastics are all around us: in our homes, workplaces, waterways, city parks and even our nature reserves.

The ACT Government should continue to show leadership. We can no longer afford to continue using single-use plastics at the current rate, especially when we can take simple regulatory, community and personal steps to reduce our plastic footprint.

Phasing out single-use plastics discussion paper is open for consultation until the end of July 2019. Complete the survey to have your say about single-use plastics in the ACT.

Waste Management Issues in the ACT

Waste Management Issues in the ACT

A range of waste management issues and proposals has come on to the Conservation Council work program. We have been working with a range of groups and individuals on matters arising from the ACT Waste Feasibility Study in particular the proposed Fyshwick recycling and waste-to-energy incineration facility. In the last two weeks we have been meeting […]

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Lack of Unified Vision for Waste Education

Lack of Unified Vision for Waste Education

“vision can be formed by asking what the ACT Government and the ACT community want to become and what they want to achieve in the future” Problems with Current Visions The ACT Government acknowledges they have no single unified vision for waste education that directly supports an agreed set of desired outcomes [1]. The lack […]

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Waste market sounding encouraging greenhouse gases?

Waste market sounding encouraging greenhouse gases?

The ACT Government’s ‘market sounding’ on waste does not prioritise reducing waste or increasing recycling while it provides support for incineration or biogas or other greenhouse gas emitting ‘energy from waste’ proposals. Energy from waste is backed up in the document with the proposal: “A feed-in tariff may be offered for the renewable portion of […]

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Joy Burch speaks on Foy proposal and resident follow up letter

Joy Burch speaks on Foy proposal and resident follow up letter

Hello Joy, I was very heartened to see you speak in the Assembly Wednesday 15 February 2017 expressing your concerns with the FOY proposal in Hume. I’m not sure how much you and your staff already know about the proposal, but apart from the health and safety concerns, there are several relevant facts that are […]

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Municipal waste resource page

Municipal waste resource page

A resource page on Canberra’s municipal waste policies and responses with links to some Conservation Council materials, ACT Government documents and a few other places. Conservation Council 20 July 2016 – Waste Management and Resource Recovery Bill 2016 comments on final ACT legislation before it went to a vote in the Assembly and went through unopposed […]

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Why would we convert plastic to fuel?

Why would we convert plastic to fuel?

The draft terms of reference for the proposed plastics to fuels plant at Hume do not address the issue of whether the industry should be located in the ACT at all. While the panel will go some way to looking at health impacts of pollution on local residents and the potential impact of disasters the panel is […]

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Australian Environment Ministers – phase out plastic bags!

Australian Environment Ministers – phase out plastic bags!

The Conservation Council ACT Region joined with other members of the Boomerang Alliance to call on all the Australian Environment Ministers to phase out plastic bags at their next meeting in November 2016. BOOMERANG ALLIANCE AFROCAB; Australian Conservation Foundation;  Australian Marine Conservation Society; Arid Lands Environment Centre; Beach Patrol; Cairns and Far North Coast Environment […]

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Assembly wastes opportunity

Assembly wastes opportunity

The ACT’s municipal waste mountain at Mugga Lane is growing by nearly quarter of a million tonnes per year yet the Legislative Assembly in the last sitting days before the election focussed on waste management not waste reduction. Minister Fitzharris obtained support of the Assembly on 4 August 2016 to repeal the Waste Minimisation Act 2001 and […]

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Media release: ‘Smart bins’ dumb idea if they only do waste to landfill

Media release: ‘Smart bins’ dumb idea if they only do waste to landfill

The ACT Government through the LDA and TAMS has missed an opportunity by introducing ‘Smart bins’ that only deal with waste to landfill says the Conservation Council. The Government has announced a 12 month trial of three solar-powered self-compacting rubbish bins at Campbell 5 in Campbell, Kingston Foreshore and Link Park at Wright. The bins […]

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