7.10 RUBBISH DISPOSAL
Rubbish is generated by the activities of visitors and staff on both
sites and by the kiosk and bookshop activities in Canberra. Small
rubbish bins around the site are emptied by staff into large hoppers
that are cleared by contractors. At the Canberra site, these hoppers
are also used by cleaners of office buildings and the lessees of the
bookshop and kiosk. Separate collections are made of paper and
cardboard and of aluminium cans for recycling.
The objectives are to keep the Gardens free from rubbish, thus
keeping them healthy and attractive, and to maximise recycling of
The current rubbish collection methods will be continued and
improved wherever possible. The present rubbish bins will be
replaced progressively with a type of bin that prevents birds from
getting to the rubbish and scattering it. Ways of improving
recycling efforts and reducing waste will be further investigated and
staff will be encouraged to contribute to the development of
environmentally sound work practices.
Rubbish generated from kiosk purchases will be monitored with a view
to seeking alternatives to products identified as contributing
excessively to rubbish volumes.