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By Hugh Fraser* WASTE was offensive and stuck in the ground to be forgotten until typhoid and cholera reared their ugly heads. It still is. In medieval times it dropped down from a hole in a plank in a room in the castle walls into another hole in the ground or at the bottom of the domestic garden. Fast forward 800 years to the 21st century – we still do so – into the septic euphemistically called “settling tank” to contaminate the ground Non Flammable - BAL29 water we love to pump up and use on our golf All Products Australian Made in our factory courses and gardens. All Products Internally Glazed as Standard As to household food (putrescible) waste, it Enhanced Security too goes into a hole in the ground at the Rye landfill owned by Mornington Peninsula Shire. Maintenance Free (No Painting ever) It’s time to stop all this nonsense: there are Non Corrosive alternatives. Cyclone Rated/Weatherproof The Nepean Peninsula has 246 kilometres of Eliminate Draughts mains sewerage, which have been rolled out since 2013 to collect 7.2 million litres of sewerEnergy Efficiency age from 16,000 properties. All at a cost of $357 Noise Reduction million. This is “hubbed”, or collectivized, in REHAU is a global leader in the UPVC window Sustainability economies of scale and processed off the penintechnology market. They supply High Weather Formula Window/Door frames– specifically sula to Class A water and returned safely to our Fully Welded Frames designed for Australian conditions. environment. Affordable To be responsible for our own waste is to We are a 5 star accredited REHAU manufacturer Dust Proofing abandon our putrid septics and connect up to & Installer based on the Mornington Peninsula 10 Year Unconditional Guarantee our cutting edge technology mains sewerage (REHAU quality assurance program). Locally Owned & Operated and - stop the drop into the ground. And stop the drop of our putrescible waste into our0407 Rye landfill too. It generates 48 per cent For a NO OBLIGATION free quote call 5909−8040, Kim 041 222 1767 or Michael 820 447. of this shire’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Factory showroom open to the public at Factory 1, 7 Lyall St, Hastings shire is committed to address climate change We welcome visitors to our factory where you can view our windows and doors being manufactured and become carbon neutral by 2021. The state or view our extensive range of affordable UPVC Double Glazed Windows and Doors. government taxes this council $2.8m a year to use our own landfill and it costs ratepayers big money to maintain and continue to expand it. There is a better biogas way. Yarra Valley Water takes all the RACV city food waste to generate enough biogas to fire up generation of all the power it needs to run its sewerage farm and pump power into the grid – diverting 33,000 Cool Gray 11 PMS 368
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Waste not wanted: Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors Antonella Celi, Rosie Clark (left) with acting climate change community engagement officer Michelle McCready, Cr Hugh Fraser and the mayor Cr Bev Colomb at the October War on Waste Forum and Expo. Picture: Supplied
tonnes a year of food waste from landfill. But this shire sends the equivalent amount to its Rye landfill. In China, Europe and the United States household waste is burnt in waste-to-energy (W2E) plants. I have seen plants that can process 250,000-1.5 million tonnes a year – half of the three million tones a year Melbourne and its metropolitan region sends to landfill. The technology is just waiting for enough innovative councils with enough waste feedstock to “hub” or collectivise it, create economies of scale, collectivise their many individual kerbside waste collection contacts to contracts
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Southern Peninsula News 21 November 2017