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Farmers, waste industry in limbo following suspension of NSW rubbish re-use scheme

Farmers and waste operators in New South Wales are calling for the resumption of a scheme that allowed them to use treated household waste to improve soil quality.

The scheme, which used treated waste from red-lid bins on farms and mine rehabilitation sites, was suspended on environmental grounds in late October.

A report prepared for the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) found the material "had highly visible plastic and glass components" and provided limited agricultural benefit.

But now farmers have slammed the NSW Government's handling of the issue, saying that the risks have been overblown and threatened the industry's "clean and green" reputation.

Russell Brown had used the treated waste on his Hunter Valley property and had also supplied it to other farmers through his merchandise store at Gunnedah in the state's north-west.

He said it was a popular and affordable way of improving soil health and pasture growth.

 

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ABC NEWS 27/11/18