ACT Greens: Waste Feasibility Study welcomed, crucial opportunity to rule out incineration missed

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Greens have welcomed the ACT Government’s commitment to divert and process more organic waste but have expressed concern that the Government has not ruled out waste incineration.

The Waste Feasibility Study, released today, places a strong focus on diverting and processing organic waste.

“This is an issue for which the Greens have strongly advocated for a number of years,” ACT Greens spokesperson for the Environment, and Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Shane Rattenbury said today.

“We urgently need to divert organic waste away from landfill.  Organic waste in landfill is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Landfilling organic material also wastes a product that could be usefully reused – for example to improve soils.

“Food scraps make up a significant amount of the waste that goes into kerbside garbage bins. We’d like to see the ACT Government move towards the collection and sustainable processing of waste, not just garden waste. Potentially the “third green bin” service could also collect household food waste.”

However, the Greens are disappointed that the Government has yet to rule out waste incineration.

“We do not want to see waste incineration in the ACT, and neither do ACT residents. We should not be burning our waste – as it’s more polluting and less effective than other, cleaner methods.

“The ACT Greens have ruled out supporting waste incineration and the ACT Government should have done the same in this new waste policy.

“With the Federal Liberal Government now actively pushing for incineration as a waste and recycling ‘solution’, the ACT should be clear it will only pursue the cleanest and most sustainable technologies,” Mr Rattenbury added.