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Construction work on a new $8.1 million landfill cell has begun at the Launceston Waste Centre.
Tasmanian businesses are being encouraged to bring forward new ideas and new technologies for tackling the country’s growing plastic waste challenge, with the Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grants Program now open.
A demonstration project aimed at increasing the use of recycled crumb rubber on local roads across Tasmania is helping pave the way to a more sustainable future.
The Federal and Tasmanian Governments have entered into a landmark agreement that will deliver a $16 million boost for the state’s recycling industry.
The Tasmanian Government will invest more than $30 million in waste and resource recovery initiatives as part of its 2020-21 State Budget.
One of the largest shire councils in Tasmania has just bought a new Komatsu wheel loader – but they declined to trade their old one in – it’s 37 years young and still going strong.
Tenders are now open to construct stage two of Tasmania’s Darlington Precinct wastewater transfer system at Maria Island.
According to Environment Minister Roger Jaensch, the project aims to cater for the increasing popularity of Maria Island.
“Upgrades to critical infrastructure at Maria Island to protect the environment and support visitor numbers is continuing in preparation for the re-opening of Tasmanian parks and reserves after the coronavirus emergency,” he said.
“It is also important that planning, maintenance and upgrades continue during the closure of parks and reserves to help support jobs and regional economies.”
Mr Jaensch said works, which include connecting the Jetty and Penitentiary amenities block to the existing wastewater treatment facility through a new transfer system, are expected to begin before the end of the financial year.
“By getting on with tendering for this work now, we will continue to meet the commitments outlined in the Maria Island Re-Discovered Project, which aims to drive sustainable tourism and preserve this amazing natural and cultural asset for generations to come,” he said.
Works will be delivered through the Tourism Infrastructure in Parks and Improving Statewide Visitor Infrastructure Funds.
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A Tasmanian council will cease kerbside recycling operations from 2020, as part of an overhaul of the region’s waste management strategy.
According to West Coast Council General Manager David Midson, there is limited uptake of recycling bins in the area, with an average 10 per cent of households using the service.
“Recycling collected is often so contaminated that council must expend significant funds to have it sorted and cleaned or allow it to be sent to landfill,” Mr Midson said.
“To resolve these issues in 2020-2021, council aims to move away from kerbside collection and instead provide central separated recycling bins where residents will be able to dispose of recyclables free of charge.”
Other changes to council’s waste management strategy include proactively monitoring illegal dumping and trialling green waste collection at transfer stations for 12 months.
“Currently, green waste deposited at the transfer stations is highly contaminated, resulting in significant council expenditure,” Mr Midson said.
“If this continues, council will move green waste collection to the landfill only, and assess the potential for green waste collection bins.”
Additionally, waste transfer stations will only accept limited categories of waste including domestic waste, oil and green waste from 2020.
Items such as asbestos, tyres, car bodies, concrete, rock rubble and soil will only be accepted at landfill.
Mr Midson said waste management on the West Coast cannot continue as business as usual.
“Current practices do not meet our environmental obligations, our obligations to provide a safe workplace, or the expectations of the community,” Mr Midson said.
“If we continue down the current path, the cost of waste management to ratepayers will increase dramatically.”