ITU Reports to Townsville City Council
ITU Assessment (.pdf
ITU Final Report (.pdf
City Council commissioned
a consultant's report on waste management options.
2002, Consultants Nolan ITU delivered an assessment of alternative waste
treatment technologies which allowed for a fuller understanding of the
environmental and economic performance of waste management services.
focussed in particular on the costs and benefits of recycling service
Findings of the report:
had the Materials Recovery contract for Townsville;
levels of contamination;
MRF not operated efficiently;
Much of 'recycled' material goes to landfill;
Risk sharing arrangements are counterproductive to maximising materials
Net environmental benefit of existing system is $14 and $12 for TCC
and CoT respectively.
terms of waste management, the most favourable environmental outcome
for Townsville and surrounding regions is likely to be delivered by
an integrated waste management system that incorporates an improved
recycling service for used packaging materials, combined with an aerobic
treatment system for residual waste and a landfill to dispose of inert
residues. ...there are significant costs associated with providing
such a system and Council would need to balance these costs against
the environmental benefits gained and the expectations of the community."
p 12 Townsville City Council Environmental Assessment Alternative Waste
Treatment Technologies February 2002 (Assessment Report).