Scottish perspective on waste

Waste Management Officer Amanda Ingram (centre) toured Forbes Scrap Metal with LandCare ­representative Len Reade and Forbes Scrap Metal owner Les Little on Thursday last week as part of the vocational component of Group Study ­Exchange.A passion for waste management led Scotland’s Amanda Ingram to Forbes last week as part of Rotary District 1010 Group Study Exchange team.

Ms Ingram arrived in Forbes last Tuesday week as part of the five person inbound GSE team from Northern Scotland.

Last Thursday week Ms Ingram joined local Landcare enthusiast Len Reade on a tour of Forbes environmental projects, focussing on waste management.

Ms Ingram visited Twin City Recyclers, Forbes Scrap Metal and the Forbes Shire Council Daroobalgie landfill site.

During the four week exchange Ms Ingram said she hopes to learn more about Australia’s campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness of and participation in recycling.

In Scotland around 40 per cent of waste is recycled, Ms Ingram said.

“It has been great to find out more about the way waste is managed in this part of Australia and how it compares to Scotland and I have gained some really useful ideas and contacts.

“I think a lot of the legislation we have in place [in Scotland] are imminent for Australia so it’s good to talk about that too,” she said.

Between vocational visits Ms Ingram visited the proposed community garden, White Bend and constructed wetlands sites.

“I’m trying to show the achievements of Landcare towards improving and restoring the environment in the urban area,” Mr Reade said.

During Thursday’s tour Ms Ingham also gained an insight into revegetation, salinity, water tables and wildlife corridors.

“We are trying to show what we have achieved and how we achieved it and the results before and after and finding a two-way interaction,” Mr Reade said.

Mr Reade said although there would be a number of differences between Australian land and Scottish land, he believed there are also a number of similar environmental issues.

“As a representative of Landcare on the environment committee we are very interested in her knowledge and ability of waste management and how it can be utilised in our area,” Mr Reade said.

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