ONE of the biggest items on council’s budget is the disposal of rubbish.
With the expanding population and the filling of the Awaba tip, this is becoming a problem requiring urgent attention.
Like most problems it is better tackled at the beginning.
To this end I would ask the candidates for election their policies on disposable nappies, fast-food outlets, cafes, and plastic bags.
Disposable nappies: Many millions are being ‘‘disposed’’ of in landfill where they take hundreds of years to break down. My generation and those before used cloth nappies.
Fast food outlets: These invariably serve their products in polystyrene clamshells, waxed paper buckets and cups, with plastic drinking straws and cutlery all loaded on a cardboard tray.
The whole lot – including any uneaten portions – is then thrown in the rubbish bin. Crockery and cutlery cleaned in a dishwasher would cut this stream dramatically.
The proprietor of a Japanese restaurant in Sydney offers a discount for diners who eat the entire meal and amazingly needs only a small garbage bin emptied each week.
Cafés: Many of these do not have recycling bins for glass bottles, aluminium cans and other recyclables.
Plastic bags: Some 6billion of these are used in Australia each year. Most finish up in landfill where they can remain for centuries.
– George Aungle, Morisset Park