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Title: Working towards a Zero Waste Future by Brian Jackson
Authors: Jackson, Brian
Tags: Waste Management;Sustainability/Recycling
Issue Date: Mar-2019
Publisher: Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland
Abstract: Queensland councils operate more than 500 waste facilities including landfill sites, transfer stations and resource recovery facilities. Currently, over 86% of Queensland residents are serviced by a kerbside recycling scheme. This represents a significant investment in waste and resource recovery infrastructure. The commencement of the waste disposal levy in Queensland on 1 July 2019 will generate over $400M of revenue in 2019/20. The State Government has committed to returning 70% of all revenue collected to investment in waste and resource recovery initiatives across the state. This represents close to $300M investment back to assist the Queensland waste industry to achieve the range of targets in the yet to be finalized Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy. Local Government waste management activities represent approximately one third of all waste material across the state. A vast majority of this material is collected via red and yellow bin kerb side collection. How we divert red bin waste from landfill and value add to the yellow bin material handling and processing is key. Does this include use of recycled content in road projects? Separate food scrap collection? Further processing of food organics and biosolids? Value adding to green waste collections? How does regional collaboration feature in the outcomes? The introduction of the waste levy along with the development of the Queensland waste strategy will provide both local government and the broader waste industry the much needed certainty to drive greater investment and market development in this sector. Local government, as the sphere of government with the long-standing responsibility for and stewardship of the waste management stream in Queensland, will play an integral role in driving a zero-waste future by 2035 (2050 for whole of industry). Investment in a range of mutuality complementary and coordinated solutions will be required underpinned by proven Energy from Waste (EfW) solutions. To assist achieve a zero-waste future, Queensland councils call on State and Federal Government leadership and commitment to provide policy and framework enablers to achieve ‘circular waste economy’ outcomes including developing good reliable statewide waste data to assist in informing the development of a regional approach to waste management and infrastructure plans. The Local Government sector will be in a position to source state government grants programs and funding to assist in finding sustainable solutions through the provision of regional waste and resource recovery infrastructure.
Appears in Collections:South West Queensland Branch Conference Gatton 2019: (POWERPOINT SLIDES)

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