The Minister for Central Australia says “crushing glass will put …

Comment on Haggle over empties and crushing questions about town council’s glass machine by Hal Duell.

The Minister for Central Australia says “crushing glass will put Alice Springs well and truly on the map of being a place that is innovative”, and “is looking at ways we can recycle our waste”.
Damien Ryan, the Mayor of Alice, is on record as naming the future role of the town’s tip as one of his core objectives while he serves as Mayor.
There is another way we in Alice can be innovative at the tip. We could expand the green waste program to include the production of bio-char.
I have no idea what that would cost, but perhaps not so much more than the purchase of the glass crusher and the placing of it under that industrial-strength roof. I think the Shire of Byron Bay has started a bio-char program at its tip. They would probably respond to a Council-to-Council request for information.
We are an innovative town with good creds in the environment sector. We are a Solar City, we have a Water Smart program, there’s glass crushing and the mulching of green waste. Why not go one step further and branch out into the manufacture of another value-added green waste product, or bio-char?

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