1. Home
Armidale’s strong message at waste conference

Armidale’s strong message at waste conference

The head of Council’s waste management, James Turnell, has flown the flag for local government at a major conference about the waste and recycling issues confronting the nation.

Mr Turnell’s prominence in the waste management industry and Council’s achievements in recycling prompted an invitation for the Program Leader – Waste Management to speak at the three-day Waste 2018 Conference.

He told the conference Australia needed national leadership and a nationwide vision to address the challenges currently confronting recycling in this country and protect community confidence in the recycling industry.

Mr Turnell was part of a discussion panel on day two of the conference, held in Coffs Harbour by consultants Impact Environmental. He said communities now had very high expectations about the recycling services provided by their councils and how those materials were reused.

“We must maintain trust with the community. It’s paramount, otherwise we will go back decades,” Mr Turnell said.

“The community has heightened awareness about the industry and the genie is out of the bottle.”

As Deputy Chairman of the Regional Network for Effective Waste Management (RENEW), Mr Turnell in April addressed the NSW Minister for the Environment and for Local Government, Gabrielle Upton, about the China National Sword Policy’s likely impacts in regional areas.

The meeting, arranged through the NSW Environment Protection Authority, looked at how China’s tighter restrictions on the importation of recyclable materials would impact on NSW local governments.

China has traditionally been a major buyer and processor of recyclable materials but announced it would no longer accept materials with a contamination level greater than 0.5%.

When the National Sword Policy was implemented in January, Mr Turnell indicated Armidale Regional Council’s crate system to separate recyclable materials at the household level would enable the district to continue to sell recycled materials within Australia and potentially meet China’s revised permissible contamination levels for paper and cardboard.

“The crate system might involve a little more sorting by households, compared to the bins used in many other areas, but it means we can continue to meet our waste diversion goals,” he said.

 

Latest stories

News

Flying Dutchmen_low res
Buskers festival a huge song and dance in the mall
Flying Dutchmen, a comic motorcycle daredevil and a circus ‘gagstar’ are featured in the confirmed line-up for next month’s International Buskers & Comedy Festival event in Armidale.
magpie-3621553_1920
Magpie breeding season is here!
You may have noticed that local magpies have been showing signs that breeding time has come again. Here's how to deal with this natural, seasonal behaviour.
Backtrack Council agreement
BackTrack and Council partner to improve outcomes for youth and Dumaresq Dam
Local youth will learn valuable skills and an emerging Armidale recreational facility will receive upgrades through a new partnership between Council and not-for-profit social enterprise BackTrack.
IMG_2660
Skate workshops to remedy the holiday grind
Free skating workshops will be held in Guyra, Tingha and Armidale during the first week of the school holidays.
teddy-bear-2855982
Read all about it … the great teddy bear sleepover
Good books and teddy bears can be wonderful companions and a source of great comfort, so imagine their potential when they join forces. The Armidale and Guyra libraries are celebrating Australian Reading Hour – and encouraging children and adults to enjoy a good book – by holding a Teddy Bears Sleepover on Monday 24 September.
IMG_4515
Albion Park plaques honour WW2 soldiers
The Armidale and District Historical Society (ADHS) will host a dedication ceremony at Albion Park on Saturday 22 September at 11am to honour two Armidale men who died in World War 2.
Hydrotherapy pool funding announcement
Million-dollar funding for hydrotherapy pool
A long-running campaign to establish a more accessible hydrotherapy pool at Council’s Monckton Aquatic Centre moved a step closer to fruition, with today’s confirmation of State Government funding.
Mountain bike kids
Get registered and Get Active
Registrations are open for this year’s second round of Get Active come ‘n’ try sports activities, with many new sports and fitness groups available.
Australia Day 2019 nominate now sm for FB
New Australia Day Award for stalwarts
Stalwarts of community service will be celebrated in a new category being added for next year’s Australia Day Awards for the Armidale region.
IMG_8470 cropped
Land auction to recoup unpaid rates this Friday
Up to 42 properties will go up for auction this Friday as Council seeks to recoup unpaid rates.