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