Waste Management

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Initiative Title: Waste Management
Category: Infrastructure Initiatives

Future of Manly Hospital Site – Waste Management

This proposed initiative is very much Work-in-Progreess, awaiting a Volunteer to take up the role of PM and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) 

Everyone is familiar with our regular community recycling initiatives – paper, plastics, bottles, charity clothing furniture and appliances.   On-going collaboration across the community is key to its continued evolution.   Our local waste dumps have turned land fill dumping into a lucrative businesses and our governments support such initiatives.  Waste Management is becoming an integral part of the Circular Economy.  Becoming more appreciative of the finite nature of the unique resources available to us here on earth, is fundamental to the sustainability strategies we put in place to continue to improve out standard of living.  Realising that our current “throw away society” must become more mindful to recycle as much as possible of what we regard as waste.   The proposed creation of a unique community on the Manly Hospital site offers the opportunity for caring community residents and well-being businesses to move our waste management to a new level of sustainability.  Thereby setting a proven example to the broader community across Northern Beaches and even beyond.   

The rate at which our economies are predicted to grow, in order to sustain our standard of living across the globe, has become unsustainable in its stand “growth and jobs” at any cost .  Some pundits predict by 2050 we will need 2-3 times the amount of natural resources known to exist on earth today to sustain this unrelenting growth obsession.    Either our never ending obsession with growth at all costs has to stop (and there are no signs of this abating politically) or a new Circular Economy has to begin in earnest as well to reduce our waste and recycle as much of it as possible.   For example, reducing the level of energy we required is going to be heavily dependent upon reducing our carbon footprint.   Our shift from burning coal to the progressive use of renewal energy sources (solar, wind and storage) is clearly a positive move towards a more Circular Economy.   Equally the level of waste re-use we are able to achieve through innovative re-creations, transformations in product design, supply chain re-engineering and extending product life spans, all contribute towards establishing further disruptive industry business models and shifts towards more service-oriented models that generate more jobs and economic growth.     

In many parts of the world today its desperate second-world economies that are being forced to take up this challenge for their own survival.  In such countries waste management initiatives provide poor workers with educational, training and business & health care opportunities.  By decoupling economic growth from human consumption, key materials can have added value through their life expectancy being extended, reducing their wastage levels and through innovative recycling, recovery and refurbishment – thereby taking pressure off resource extinctions.  Disruptive business and consumer models abound and the same is true for sustainable waste management solutions eg. plastic and glass bottles, electronics re-use, car tyres re-engineered into new products, garbage separation and refurbishment.

Our local Northern Beaches Council has set an excellent foundation to our site’s Waste Management with their regular colour-coded garbage bin collection, as has our local charities with their recycling and sale of donated clothing, furniture, appliances, etc.  There are just so many facets to Waste Management opportunities, especially as it pertains to our infrastructure needs for new innovative business and consumer models – all poised for extended value-add at our proposed Manly Community-driven Health Care Facility:-

  1. Site Contamination
    *   Phase 1 Assessment
    *   Contamination Report
    *   Contaminate removal and safe storage
  2. Site Demolition Waste
  3. Sewerage Waste
  4. Grey Water Waste
  5. Rain Water Waste
  6. Vegetation Waste

  7. Paper Waste
  8. Material recycling (Clothing, Furniture, Appliances, etc) 
  9. Plastic and Bottle Waste
  10. Medical, Commercial and Dangerous Goods Waste
  11. Recycling IT Waste (PCs, Printers, Mobiles, Printer Cartridges)

Acording to Craig Reucassed (War on Waste), Australia is probably the 2nd biggest waste country in the developed world. It is estimates that each family waste $3,500 of perfectly good eatable food by simply throwing it away (eg. 405 of bananas thrown away simply because of surface blemishes).  Our 2 main food suppliers (Woolworth and Coles) have created a quality food standard that caused much farm produce grown for consumption to be rejected and thrown away simply because of a small black dot or the like being found on the surface, where the internal content is perfect for consumption.

A Fairlight mother, Megan Rohleder has devised an app (tootastytothrow.com) enabling food outlets to photograph any food items they may have left over for a lower price so that anyone can purchase, so long as they collect it.  “It reduces waste and increases their revenue.  The app targets students, backpackers and families with young children.”   


Our Waste Management opportunities are endless.

Contact Name: Darryl Dobe
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Start Date: 20-Jun-2017
End Date: 21-Dec-2018
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  1. Darryl Dobe   

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