South-east Queensland city to send all recycling from yellow-top bins to landfill – AustraliaPosted on April 23, 2018 by DrRossH in Landfills and Disposal
All recycling from the yellow-top bins will be dumped in landfill, after contractors asked for an extra $2 million.
All recycling placed in Ipswich City Council’s yellow top bins will now be dumped in landfill.
The council’s recycling contractors advised the current rate being charged would skyrocket if recycling was to continue.
It would have meant an increase in costs of $2 million per year, which could equate to a 1.5 to 2 per cent rate rise in Ipswich. (We would not call 2% rise in rates sky rocketing fees. It mans we are starting to pay the real cost of disposal)
Cr Wendt said since the ABC Four Corners program on waste was broadcast earlier this year, contamination rates of yellow-lid recycle bins had doubled.
The council will call tenders by midyear to bid on waste-to-energy projects to allow a portion of the city’s energy to be environmentally friendly.
Australia will have to make some big decisions now that it should have been looking at year ago. The recycling scheme will have to be expanded substantially to handle this large amount of recycling that is no longer going over seas. It is our rubbish we need to learn to deal with it and that does not mean putting it in landfills. Waste to Energy plants is a start. Waste reduction is the biggest factor to put in place. Paying the real cost of waste creation needs to occur as that will drive down waste generation (consumption) significantly.