Russ Driver, recycling everything he can
It will be interesting to see what the Town Council comes up with in the way of an official waste recycling scheme for Alice Springs – especially when the old familiar question comes up: How much will it cost?
I discussed the Council proposal with the town’s most dedicated long-term professional recyclers, Liz and Russ Driver, when we dropped a Rocky-load of cans and various other bits and pieces off to them yesterday.
The Drivers’ Sargent Street site, which also accommodates Outback Vehicle Recovery, has been a reliable depot for Alice Springs recyclers for decades. Yesterday we took several crates of cans, glass bottles, an unwanted swing set that had been rusting away in our back yard for about 20 years, used aluminium foil, a dead car battery and a box full of “trucks”: the wheel mechanisms on skateboards. All of our detritus was gratefully accepted.
Over the years the Drivers have proved that recycling is financially viable in Alice Springs – even if making money wasn’t the main reason they got into it.
“I don’t want to leave a contaminated world to my grandchildren,” says Russ – who also has an inbuilt aversion to waste and an enthusiasm for the ingenious ways people have developed to circumvent it.
Enthusiasm is the obvious key word. For recycling to work, you need dedication and Russ and Liz have truckloads of it. Russ showed me two 1000 litre containers full of aluminium lids removed from glass bottles by hand – worth about 90 cents per kg. (more…)