Trevor King is a committed “garbologist” and he doesn’t mind rubbishing ideas that miss the mark in the waste industry.
“I am a garbage man through and through. You would never get it out of my blood,” he said.
Mr King’s blood began to boil when he saw a report in The Recorder about a proposed $30 million high-temperature furnace for Port Pirie. Under Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock’s plan, the incinerator would handle waste from around South Australia, providing jobs and economic development locally.
Mr King, who had 47 years’ experience in the waste industry, said a similar proposal was floated in the 1970s.
At the time, he was a councillor with Enfield City Council when it considered an $80 million furnace to dispose of Adelaide’s waste. “I supported it at the time, but the council didn’t want to spend the money,” Mr King said.
“Mr Brock has no idea with his plan. It is not going to work. He is wasting his time because transport costs from around the state are going to kill you. Adelaide is not going to bring its waste up here.”
As mountains of rubbish grow around the nation, Mr King has an unique idea to control waste and boost the recycling industry.
He said a 10-cent deposit should be made available on “everything” including cigarette butts, newspapers, baked-beans tins and wine bottles.
“These items would come out of the waste stream and into recycling. The world would be a cleaner place as people cashed them in,” he said.
Comment is being sought from Mr Brock.