Call For NT Government To Take The Lead On Lighting And E-Waste
August 24, 2017
CMA Ecocycle and Rusca Environmental Solutions are delighted to announce that they have entered into a formal agreement that will boost hazardous waste recycling in the Northern Territory.
Rusca Environmental Solutions is a division of the Rusca Group, an Aboriginal-owned company with more than 40 years’ experience in delivering civil construction, mining and environmental services within the Northern Territory and beyond.
Both companies share a commitment to the highest standards of health and safety, environmental management and quality.
Over 30% of Rusca Group’s workforce is Aboriginal and the company actively builds capacity in the communities where it delivers projects.
The Sid Rusca Training Academy, named after the company’s founder, develops the skills of indigenous workers that benefit not just the Rusca Group, but other companies too.
Tyranny Of Distance
The Northern Territory is big and sparsely populated, creating a genuine logistical problem when it comes to recycling.
Dumping waste of all types has often been the default option. CMA Ecocycle and Rusca Group seek to change that.
“Because of its heritage as a company created by an indigenous Territorian, and its existing presence in many indigenous communities, Rusca Group is ideally placed to not just provide logistical solutions for the transport of lighting, battery and e-waste, but also to educate those communities on the safe disposal of hazardous waste,” said CMA Ecocycle Business Development Manager Daryl Moyle.
Rusca Group also has excellent relationships with mining companies, servicing sites that can create significant volumes or a range of wastes.
“The foundation of our relationship was a contract that Rusca Group won with Shell,” Mr Moyle said.
“CMA Ecocycle is a named subcontractor, ensuring that all lighting, battery and e-waste is safely recycled through our facilities.”
Opportunity For NT Government To Step Up
Many resource companies already have policies and processes in place to ensure proper recycling, but there’s a wide-open opportunity for the Northern Territory government to step in and take a leadership role, both legislatively and practically.
“South Australia and Victoria are taking action to ban the dumping of e-waste, including mercury-containing lighting,” said Mr Moyle.
“It would be a tragedy if that waste was shipped to the Northern Territory and simply dumped there, particularly with the Minamata Convention on Mercury coming into force on August 16. ”
Aside from legislating to prohibit such dumping, CMA Ecocycle and Rusca Group are calling on the government departments in the Northern Territory to get the ball rolling by committing to recycle all of its waste, including lighting, batteries and electronic equipment.
“Once the government itself has demonstrated the ease with which the waste problem can be solved, it will set a shining example for all Territory government departments as well as local governments to follow suit,” said Mr Moyle.