Recycling action in a climate and health election

Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 17 April 2019 are:   

Sienna – a Grade 6 student at Ocean Grove Primary School who is doing the Rotary Award 2019. Sienna joins us as part of her environmental segment of the award and for experience on radio. She is inspired by her schools actions on recycling and after attending The Sustainable Show at Queenscliff wants to speak about the actions we can do.

Michael Strickland, project manager at WM Waste, who are doing hard rubbish collection from 17 Councils in Victoria. Listen to the story of how WM Waste achieve a recycling rate of approximately 80 per cent. They are currently trialling the use of electric powered collection trucks, and Michael touches on the use of solar power for industry. This video helps demonstrate the procedure they take to achieve this recovery result from hardwaste.

Fiona Armstrong, founder of the Climate and Health Alliance, informs us about the alliance of health groups banding together to highlight the effects of health with climate breakdown. Their open letter to the federal election candidates can be found below on this page. 

Barry Mud, Irish designer and builder, comments and explains his observation on the typical Australian house.


“We need to let the government know climate change is not just about power prices and mining. It is about people’s fundamental right to good health and well-being and that the health and economic cost of inaction far outweighs the cost of action…”
~ Fiona Armstrong, Climate and Health Alliance



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Fiona Armstrong

 #CLIMATECHANGE #HEALTH: 

Fiona Armstrong: Climate change is a health concern

Open letter to candidates from CAHA
Open letter to candidates – from the Australian health sector.
Print and share this with your networks, and send it – or deliver it yourself – to candidates in your electorate

Read more about the initiative here:
www.caha.org.au/federal_election_2019

Letter to the federal election candidates

The Climate and Health Alliance has written an Open Letter to all politicians and federal election candidates calling on them to support effective action to address the climate and health emergency. This letter has now been signed by 50 health organisations representing up to one million people across Australia.

CAHA needs your help to make sure they see this letter.

Please consider hand delivering the letter to all your local candidates. Whether you can get an appointment or not, delivering the letter to their office demonstrates your concerns are shared by a huge group of health and other stakeholders.

Please also consider putting the Open Letter up in your workplace, sharing it with colleagues and on social media.

It is a great conversation starter and has some important information about how our health, and the health of our community will, and is, being affected by climate change.

Let’s make this the climate and health election
This federal election is shaping up to be a climate change election. As health professionals we are trusted and respected and therefore able to influence opinion on this issue. We need to let the government know climate change is not just about power prices and mining. It is about people’s fundamental right to good health and well-being and that the health and economic cost of inaction far outweighs the cost of action.

Climate change poses an unprecedented threat to the health of Australians and people across the world, particularly those people who already face health inequities. People working in the health sector from all over Australia are emailing and organising to meet with their local federal candidates for both the House of Representatives and the Senate, to speak with them about the connection between climate change and the health of the local community, and to ask them to pledge their support for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia.

The Open Letter does the same and is a way for you to show your local member that this is important to you.

Your voice is powerful and you can help bring effective climate action to Australia

Please email and visit your local MP and Senator to deliver the open letter and seek a meeting.
Follow CAHA on Facebook and Twitter and like and share their posts.
Join and support the campaign and the Climate and Health Alliance.  

Climate and Health Alliance
www.caha.org.au


 #RECYCLING: 

GREENING OF TRASH REMOVAL

WM Waste call themselves “Victoria’s Number One Green Waste Removal Service.”

On their website, they write:

“In life, we are sure to eventually replace things in our home. Whether it’s a piece of furniture like a lounge suite, a fridge that’s running poorly, or something else. Getting rid of some of the larger objects from our homes that we no longer want or need can be a real hassle. Or perhaps you’ve got an excessive hoard of greenery that’s a result of cutting back your garden after too many years of neglect. Either way, we are here to solve your hard rubbish and green waste removal problems.

WM understands that solid waste management and the removal of trash are invaluable services, and we are incredibly proud that we can provide it to the local community. That’s why we have been supplying a Hard Rubbish and Green Waste Removal service to councils throughout Melbourne and Victoria since 1985. The experience that we have in hardwaste collections provides us with the knowledge and expertise to do what we do to a premium level.

To maximise the recycling of collected hard waste, WM takes it hard waste to KTS Recycling sorting facility at Knox Transfer Station. KTS Recycling has recently introduced the production of Proceed Engineered Fuel (PEF). Which enables a 80% – 95% recycling rate for hard waste and 95% for mattresses.

Because this beneficial service consists of transporting bulky household items that cannot be accommodated by traditional council bin services, we are sure to make your life much easier. WM proudly provide effective hard rubbish and bundled green wastes to many councils across Melbourne and Victoria. As mentioned, we will also happily collect white goods, fridges, mattresses, furniture, televisions, and any other larger items that are otherwise difficult or problematic for removal.

Depending on the removal services your council has in place, green and hard garbage collections can either be booked or scheduled depending on your specific area needs.”

Read more on www.wmwaste.com.au



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Acknowledgement

We at The Sustainable Hour would like to pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we are broadcasting, the Wathaurong People, and pay our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

The traditional owners lived in harmony with the environment and with the climate for hundreds of generations. It is not clear – yet – that as European settlers we have demonstrated that we can live in harmony for hundreds of generations, but it is clear that we can learn from the indigenous, traditional owners of this land.

When we talk about the future, it means extending our respect to those children not yet born, the generations of the future – remembering the old saying that…



The decisions currently being made around Australia to ignore climate change are being made by those who won’t be around by the time the worst effects hit home. How utterly disgusting, disrespectful and unfair is that?


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