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Letters

13 Jul 2017

My new toy is a joy

With reference to the article “A Vertical War on Waste” (SLN64), I promptly sought out the Smart Cara and on Monday contacted the distributor, Zero Waste Systems, in Perth.  

By Friday I was unwrapping my new toy.  And what joy!  As a vegetarian, I have a lot of organic food waste that goes to landfill and this incredible little machine has enabled me to utilise the waste beautifully.  

It smells like cooking food in the short period when it does smell, and is amazingly quiet.  

After a market day that requires washing and cutting leaves and stems etc, I have since made five kilograms of organic fruit skins and vegetable waste into gorgeous dry organic compost that has found a home at a friend’s organic home garden and farm.

Finding a use for the compost might be difficult but I can guarantee you that anyone with a few pot plants or a garden will be falling over themselves to get their hands on this beautiful waste.  

Highly recommended for apartment dwellers and about the size of a bread maker, with a capacity for one kilogram of scraps.  Every apartment should have one!

Maxine

Bridge pain

Most days I walk across the Spencer Street bridge over the Yarra River and each time it frustrates me to be faced with a section of it closed. I am referring to the timber-decked pedestrian crossing connected to the south side of the bridge. It has been closed for eight months and not once have I seen any maintenance works occur. The signage connected to the chain that barricades the crossing has no explanation why its closed, when it will be repaired and no logo or name of the responsible organisation.

Why it takes eight months to repair this pedestrian section of the bridge is bewildering, amusing, frustrating and makes a mockery of Melbourne’s status of the world’s most liveable city. By the time the crossing is repaired (assuming it will be in July 2017):

• a woman could conceive and give birth to a baby

• I could fly to the moon and return to earth 45 times

• Residential houses could be constructed and the occupied by its owners

• Australia’s Jessica Watson could sail around the world solo again with months to spare

• A full season of AFL would be completed

• The entire Spencer Street bridge over the Yarra River could be reconstructed – estimate only and assumes all the relevant designs and approvals have been obtained.

Fingers crossed it’s repaired before the spring weather arrives.

Peter Gibbs

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