Every living thing crates garbage, humans above all create by far the greatest quantities of it as well as the most biologically and environmentally hazardous garbage. Which brings me to the whole reason that I chose waste management. Waste management. What is it, some may ask, вЂњwhy should I care about what a few dry old men want to do with my trash?вЂќ
To start with by definition waste management is вЂњthe treatment of substances which have no economic use and may be harmful to the environmentвЂќ-Oxford Australian dictionary. Secondly the reason that waste management is important is that without it diseases may break loose through poor hygiene, pollution and possible extinction of some species would definitely be major issues that would need to be addressed. So as you can see there is a fair amount more to waste management than just making our community cleaner.
I chose the topic of waste management because it is becoming a serious issue here in the Blue Mountains. I feel that waste management is an important and integral part of our society and therefore needs to be acknowledged as one of the few things that may help to preserve the beauty and splendor of the Blue Mountains for future generations. As well as the fact that the Blue Mountains is now a part of the world heritage list and therefore it is our responsibility to our global community to keep it well preserved using all techniques possible.
In this essay I shall endeavour to bring to light such issues as, what happens to our garbage when were finished with it and where it goes afterwards. I will provide you with tables and graphs, statistics, maps and explain to you many issues concerning our garbage. I will provide you with some information about our local Waste Management Facilities (WMF) and present to you a few different waste management strategies the BMCC (Blue Mountain City Council) utilises to keep our local community, the Blue Mountains clean. I will also attempt to explain to you how the Blue Mountains city council is working to вЂget a gripвЂ™ of this growing problem.
Part of any good essay is research and just as important is how you go about obtaining it. For this assignment I spared no expense in phone bills as I called numerous people at random whom I had never met before and surveyed them, I got some information via the Internet and looked through the BMCC web site to obtained information on garbage disposal and other relevant issues. I Rang the Blue Mountains city council and spoke to Ryan who provided me with information on waste management as Kent who is in charge of the waste management in the Mountains, was at that time engaged on the phone. I visited springwood library and photo copied some reference books about the Blue Mountains waste Management system.
In all the Blue Mountains 88% is National Park, whereas only 12% of it is populated by civilians. So as you can see there is an abundance of space up here in the Blue Mountains.
The BMCC has two WMFвЂ™s one situated in Katoomba and the other in Blaxland of course there are other waste management facilities in the Blue Mountains one in Blackheath and the other in Lawson however both of these have been closed down and are no longer in use.
The site is licensed by the Environment Protection Authority.
Wide ranges of recyclable and reusable materials are diverted from the landfill.
They include kerbside recyclables, green waste, concrete rubble, scrap metal, car bodies and tires.
There is a big facility on site that handles and deals with hazardous materials that are collected each November, materials such as engines and car oil are recycled. On site there are extensive environmental controls such as: leach ate ponds, and reticulation systems, odor controls, litter fences and dust controls. These are inspected every 3 months to ensure they are complacent with their license.
Like the Katoomba facility the same materials are taken away to be recycled, but there are no facilities to recycle engines and car oil. The council has applied for commonwealth grant funding to build this facility.
All the material going into the Waste Management Facility is weighed and charged according to what is in the load. The garbage is separated and placed in to piles and is ether berried or is recycled.
The BMCC provides a weekly kerbside recycling service to all domestic properties in the Blue Mountains. Each domestic property is issued with 2 55 litre crates to make this service easier for sorting. Therefore not contaminating the recycle stream.
Around our community you will find the following recycle services, the Bottle drop off recycling centers found in Glenbrook, Springwood, Winmalee, Hazelbrook, Katoomba and Blackheath. The kerbside recycling collection program is operated by the Blue Mountains recycling center. The service is conducted on the same day as our domestic waste collection.