MAMS ALIGNMENT WITH THE QLD WASTE REDUCTION STRATEGY
This internationally recognised framework for managing waste generation and disposal describes the preferred order for managing wastes and resources. The hierarchy places waste reduction as the preferred option, followed by reuse, through recycling and recovery options to disposal as the least preferred approach.
Based on these principles, MAMS broad strategy goal is to optimise: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
The MAMS Group is committed to reducing waste generated within our company operations as follows:-
The MAMS Group recovers reusable items at all Cassowary Coast Transfer Stations for resale at our Buyback Tip Shops at Cardwell, Tully, Mission Beach and Stoters Hill Transfer Stations. By doing this we provide an opportunity for the Cassowary Coast Community to purchase reusable items that would normally be discarded into landfill.
Buyback Tip Shops have both environmental and economical benefits to the community because they not only divert waste from landfill but the community is able to purchase low cost reusable items.
The MAMS Group Cassowary Coast Transfer Stations currently provides the community with the ability to recycle cardboard, plastic, aluminium cans, batteries, gas bottles and waste oil.
To improve productivity and efficiencies at all Transfer Station site, MAMS degasses airconditioners, fridges, freezers and cars, as well as salvages copper from the airconditioners and fridges.
Queensland is one of the largest generators of waste in Australia.
We produce more than 32 million tonnes of waste every single year, which is the highest amount of waste per capita of any state.
We all produce waste in our daily lives, and every year as our population increases, so does our waste generation. This situation has serious long-term environmental, social and economic implications for the state. We lose industry investment, job opportunities and regional market growth - while creating greenhouse gases and wasting valuable and often non-renewable resources.
Considerable work is currently underway nationally to address waste and increase resource recovery.
I quote The Honourable Kate Jones MP Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability.
We all strive for a waste management system where recycling is the first option over landfill and more unwanted materials are given a new life by someone else. We want more trash to become someone else's treasure.
The Queensland Waste Reduction and Recycling Strategy is underpinned by the Waste and Resource Management Hierarchy. This is an internationally recognised framework for managing waste generation and disposal describes the preferred order for managing wastes and resources.
The hierarchy places waste reduction as the preferred option, followed by reuse, through recycling and recovery options to disposal as the least preferred approach. Waste is an inefficient use of natural resources, water, energy, money and land.
Waste Production has the following impacts:
As Queensland's population grows and standards of living increases, more goods are consumed and more waste is produced. For households, waste management charges appear as a fixed amount on rates notices. In most cases, the charge is the same, regardless of how much or little waste the householder generates.
This means there is no immediate impertavie or incentive to take action and avoid generating waste, reduce the amount of waste discarded or even to recycle more effectively.