Community recycling precinct tour a highlight of network meeting

From a virtual tour of the Tuncurry Waste Management Centre, to new rules about disposing of treated timber, improving access for asbestos disposal, and mattress product stewardship—there was plenty to discuss at last month’s Transfer Station Network meeting.

Attendees learned more about the new rules for disposing of treated timber under the Environment Protection Act 2017 and regulations. A representative from Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) explained that the new rules differentiate between timber treated with oil based or water based preservatives. EPA is developing a fact sheet on the new regulations, which will be published soon.

A highlight of the meeting was a virtual tour of the Tuncurry Waste Management Centre in New South Wales. David Rees, Waste Manager at Mid Coast Council explained that the council designed the waste management centre as a ‘community recycling precinct’ rather than a traditional resource recovery centre to improve social and environmental outcomes. The site hosts a transfer station, a community recycling centre, green shop, men’s shed, community garden and a bike repair café. Not only has the centre been successful from a waste management perspective—diverting 89% of material that comes into site—but it has also led to partnerships between the men’s shed and at risk youth to improve social outcomes.

Other presentations included updates on:

  • how Sustainability Victoria is improving access to asbestos disposal for small quantities of packaged asbestos by developing an Asbestos Disposal Management Plan
  • the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s review of e-waste product stewardship
  • Australian Bedding Stewardship Council’s mattress product stewardship scheme.

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Last updated: 10/12/2021