Zero Tolerance to Plastic Contamination Policy
Effective 1st February 2024
After extensive review of our operations, the Anzac Parade Composting Facility has no other option but to implement and apply a Zero Tolerance Plastic Contamination Policy to all organics streams, effective immediately.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to utilise our facility, the accountability for removal of plastic contamination from the organics processing supply chain must now be the responsibility of the individual/organisation that deposits the organics in a nominated organics bin. We understand this will be an inconvenience to some of our customers and we will offer assistance in the transition to these new arrangements.
Which waste streams are most affected by this policy?
Food waste streams are the primary source of plastic contamination at our facility. Given the low and inconsistent volumes of this particular organics stream, it is not feasible for us to invest in further plastic contamination removal processes, especially considering any proposed investment will still neglect to remove 100% of the plastic contamination from the end product.
Why is this important?
The premium quality of our end compost product is the primary focus of our business at Middle Point. Increased and pervasive levels of microplastic are being found in our end product and subsequently there is a risk of this contamination making its way into the soils of our food producing customers. Microplastics can be persistent in soil for hundreds of years and, given the known human health and environmental impacts of microplastic, this is an unacceptable outcome. We have taken immediate steps to remove our business from any function that contributes to this problem. We ask for your understanding in our decision.
What happens next?
Exisiting Customers: If you currently deliver plastic contaminated organics to our facility, you MUST CEASE TO DO SO until guarantees are in place that you can adhere to this new policy, and we have agreed to accept further deliveries from you, in writing.
New Customers: Please get in touch to discuss the suitability of your current organic waste for composting.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy and to discuss how we can assist you to transition to these new arrangements.