Aquatic Centre reduces the impact of waste

THE Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre is reducing its waste generation and increasing recycling efforts with the implementation of a new waste system.

The system was developed following a review of the volume of waste passing through the Aquatic Centre and several compostable packaging trials carried out in late 2017.

The DKHAC cafe is transitioning to compostable takeaway packaging that includes coffee cups and coffee cup lids, straws, cutlery, hot chip packets, noodle boxes, sandwich wedges, bioplastic fruit or yoghurt tubs and napkins.

The new packaging abides by the United States, the Australian and the European industrial composting standards.

All items will break down effectively in the McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre’s composting facility, achieving at least 60 per cent decomposition in 180 days.

To dispose of takeaway packaging, the Aquatic Centre has also installed five new waste stations in the pool area.

Each station has three 120-litre bins for waste, recycling and organic streams.

The new waste system is anticipated to increase current recycling from 40 per cent to 70 per cent.

The project is part of the City’s Waste Management Strategy 2015-2030, which aims to achieve zero waste to the Hobart Landfill by 2030 through more than 90 actions across a range of areas such as organic waste, education and litter.

For more information, visit hobartcity.com.au/towardsZEROwaste