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Committee FOR WASTE REDUCTION

Presidents message March 2019- by Lesley Van Staveren

Monday, March 25, 2019 10:16 AM | Lesley Van Staveren (Administrator)

Welcome to our first Mini Mag of 2019! This will be released to you at the end of each quarter and is packed with content and tips from our members. We always love to hear feedback from you on what you want to see from us including workshops, lunch themes and articles.

This issue is no exception! We have our regular contributor’s Scottie Paterson from Cairns Regional Council showcasing the freshly laid footpaths of recycled glass, Owen Waters of FNQ Finance Guy with the importance of change champions and Cathy Earle from Eorth.com.au with top tips for camping eco style. PLUS a number of insightful and thought provoking pieces from Anne Naylor, Cynthia Freilich, Suzanne Rath and feature pieces from Waste Wise Business member Sabine Schroeder from Spa in a Jar and our March School Focus from Holy Cross.

Aspects we encourage you to be aware of are policies being introduced and how they will impact you. The Queensland government is developing a new waste management and resource recovery strategy to increase recycling rates and create new jobs. The plastic bag ban is in full swing, as is the Container Refund Scheme designed to reduce littering and give more incentive to dispose of containers more responsibly.

The next policy to get familiar with is the Waste Levy (a tax applied to waste types by weight) which is being introduced on 1st July 2019 to align with the beginning of the new financial year. Follow this link for all you need to know https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/recovery/disposal-levy

Simply put we need to reduce waste in our homes and businesses. From a business perspective consider better sorting of waste generated to divert weight from general waste bin. In other words, different bins for food scraps, containers eligible for refund, soft plastics and paper.

One suggestion is to start referring to what you are doing with the term of ‘sorting’ as opposed to ‘recycling’ as you personally are technically not the ones recycling. That is what the operators do that receive what you dispose of…you are sorting ready to make things more streamlined for processing.

It’s an important distinction and one that may help introduce better practices in the home or workplace.

My final word is to support local businesses and create the demand for better quality products, better packaging and buy recycled products to assist developing a market for all recyclables to be diverted in a positive long lasting way.

I hope to see you at our CFWR Energy Waste Reduction lunch happening on 4th April at The Bungalow Hotel, Aumuller St, Cairns.

With gratitude

Lesley Van Staveren


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