I for one think it’s good to see a council …

Comment on Matty Day wants kerbside recycling by Neil Rilatt.

I for one think it’s good to see a council candidate pushing for improvements in the way we handle waste in this town.
As good as a new recycling facility is for Alice, it is a drop in the ocean if we are serious about the long term sustainability of our waste handling.
Recycling in Alice Springs is piecemeal and actually takes work and time. Many will be discouraged and see it as a burden to separate materials and cart them to different locations all over town, not to mention the issue of transport, cost and accessibility. Or the fuel emissions.
So recyclable materials are disposed of in household waste, and the trucks come and pick it up and dispose of it anyway, filling up our landfill.
There are hidden costs in this at literally every stage of the process that all ratepayers end up paying for. Biannual coordinated kerbside swaps and pickups (not really my definition of kerbside recycling) are a nice idea, but similarly piecemeal.
A much greater outcome would be achieved with household level sorting into paper, glass, organic and plastic materials in addition to household refuse, and have that collected kerbside.
Pickup of the alternative materials could be rotated every week and household waste removal charged by weight, instead of the ratepayers who recycle paying for a service for those who don’t.
Yes, these things come at a cost but somehow, local councils all over the world have managed to achieve systems of recycling that make Alice’s an embarrassment. But it’s also a state and federal issue – a subject for another time maybe.
That said, I applaud Matty for focusing on a core responsibility of Council that so desperately needs revolutionising.

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Maybe you can investigate those too and get back to us?
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