IT’S one of regional NSW’s biggest land-fills and Albury’s biggest polluter, but the city tip is doing a good job.
The Albury Waste Management Centre generates a whopping 97 per cent of Albury’s carbon emissions.
But a new report has revealed that emissions across the Albury Council area are at the lowest recorded level.
The Albury City 2013 State of the Environment report, tabled this week, also showed that the city’s water use had been reduced 41 per cent in 15 years.
The chairman of the council’s environment committee, Cr Daryl Betteridge, said carbon pollution figures on the waste management centre “hit the nub” of the issue.
“It’s the end result of our rubbish and how we, as a community and council, deal with waste,” he said.
“With less rubbish going to landfill, it’s creating less carbon emissions and gas collection.
“That’s a key driver in making a real visible difference.”
Carbon emissions last financial year were 89,617 tonnes, down from 111,000 tonnes a year earlier.
The 23 per cent drop put emissions at their lowest levels since recording began in 2007, when the city’s emissions were 92,000 tonnes.
The city’s management measures in recent years to cut pollution have included waste diversion and a biogas collection system that has reduced emissions by 27 kilo-tonnes.
Waste management team leader Andrea Baldwin said these initiatives, combined with the community’s efforts, had made a difference.
“There is a big effort to make sure areas for recycling are used properly,” she said.
“People’s behaviour is a little bit different now which is a combination of education and also the climate change aspect.”
Ms Baldwin said the council would seek out new ways to reduce waste and emissions.
She said an organic waste collection service, due to begin next year, was expected to reduce landfill by 13,000 tonnes.
“The thing we are trying to achieve is to increase the life of the land-fill and have an asset that will be around for many years,” she said.
The report also showed water use had trended down — from 12,153 megalitres in 1997-98 to 7164 in 2012-13.
Cr Betteridge said water consumption would be monitored as the Murray-Darling Basin Plan was rolled out.