From the QPRC council website, in a September 2015 council meeting, Queanbeyan council resolved to donate their shredded green waste end product to schools and community groups in an attempt to reduce the massive pile of unwanted and unusable processed green waste.
Why does the Queanbeyan council, which supplies green bins to residents, end up having to give its contaminated, processed product away to schools and community groups for free? It is an attempt to solve the problem of an ever growing pile of contaminated mulch that nobody wants.
What is causing the problem?
The simple answer is this, some residents not only place their garden waste in their green bin, but also plastic pots, glass bottles, plastic bags and newspapers etc are placed into the bin as well. These contaminated bins are picked up and unloaded into compactor trucks, the problem then, is the rubbish contained in the first bin becomes mixed with the clean green waste in the rest of the load, thus contaminating the whole load and so it goes on.
The contaminated load, if processed will contain plastics, paper and of more concern glass. This type of contamination to the product, renders it useless and not fit for recycling.
There are no social checks and balances, nobody is held accountable for the rubbish being placed into the green bin. A small percentage of private people, putting rubbish in their green waste bin, with no thought to the damage their actions are having on the whole system further down the line causes large percentage losses of the product that can actually be recycled. This then causes massive piles of contaminated green waste that cannot be used for anything useful. Often it will end up at landfill being used as cover for rubbish or it ends up piling up on another tract of unused local land.
The ACT Labor government intends to use this same collection system for their Green bin pilot program in Canberra, thus running the risk of damaging the current, ‘high rate recycling’ model beyond repair.