Market so small

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 January, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 January, 1999, 12:00am

I refer to Chris Donnolley's letter of January 3. He may be interested to know that in the 1970s the Government built a large mechanised composting plant. The compost which emerged from the production line had many small bits of undigested plastic in it and was not particularly good humus.

It was more expensive to produce than commercial alternatives and sadly, in any case, there was not much use for the quantities produced.

I don't know what became of the plant after it was shut down.

Of course it was not built solely to process waste paper but I suspect the end result would be the same.