City Explores the Future of Waste1 October 2011
Council recently endorsed the draft Interim Waste Strategy for public exhibition and comment. The draft strategy details how the City will reduce landfill and greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
One of the highlights is an automated system that silently gathers garbage via an underground pipe network.
To become more sustainable, we simply must look at new ways of dealing with waste. One critical way is to move away from the traditional method of dumping waste in landfill.
Automated systems are already used in cities across Europe and Asia and they have been proven to work.
While they look just like a typical apartment building garbage chute, the big difference is the chutes are vacuum sealed and instead of emptying into open bins in the basement, the rubbish is sucked down to a central collection point, where it can be collected.
The City’s draft waste strategy aims to reduce waste, maximise resource recovery, find solutions for hazardous waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide cleaner streets and integrate waste, water and energy infrastructure.
By 2030, workers, visitors and a projected 260,000 residents are expected to produce 20 per cent more rubbish. But landfill will be more expensive as existing sites fill up.
The City is two years ahead of schedule, already meeting its 2014 target of diverting two thirds of waste from landfill. This has been achieved by sending all 40,000 tonnes of household rubbish to advanced waste treatment facilities to remove recyclables and produce compost.
The strategy will be on public exhibition early in October.