OPINION

Revisiting the issue of interstate waste movement

Revisiting the issue of interstate waste movementLock icon

According to an ABC report on August 8, the Queensland Premier "horrified" to hear of the extent of dumping of waste from NSW in Queensland. The Queensland government was "not aware … until it was highlighted on the 4 Corners program…"

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Future Focus: Electric vehicles for Australia

Future Focus: Electric vehicles for AustraliaLock icon

Ironically, the tardiness and reluctance of industry to clean up fuel in Australia may be a catalyst for more rapid change to electric vehicles. Thankfully there are a number of major initiatives bringing the future of cleaner transport within our reach....

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The waste and recycling industry is not dysfunctional

The waste and recycling industry is not dysfunctional

The ABC, in its Four Corners program on August 7, described Australia's waste and recycling industry as dysfunctional. We - the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) - reject these claims. However, state and Commonwealth regulators are...

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How trade policies can support global efforts to curb climate change

How trade policies can support global efforts to curb climate change

Climate change will have a big impact on the global economy as nations seek to adapt to a warmer world and adopt policies to keep global warming below two degrees. In the wake of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, it is important that policies...

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Australian recycling plants have no incentive to improve

Australian recycling plants have no incentive to improve

In the wake of a devastating fire at the Melbourne Coolaroo recycling facility earlier this month, Victorian environment minister Lily D'Ambrosio has announced a statewide audit of recycling facilities.

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Australian business must now move to incorporate the SDGs

Australian business must now move to incorporate the SDGs

Australia's peak body for sustainable business, Sustainable Business Australia, has welcomed the communiqué by the world's leading business organisations on sustainable development, saying Australian business must now move to incorporate the Sustainable...

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Asian asset owners are leapfrogging into ESG

Asian asset owners are leapfrogging into ESG

Sustainable investing has become particularly popular in Europe, across many countries. In the Asia Pacific region, certain countries such as Japan and Australia have shown stronger interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) thanks to asset...

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In banning plastic bags we need to make sure we're not creating new problems

In banning plastic bags we need to make sure we're not creating new problems

The recent decision by Australia's big two supermarkets to phase out free single-use plastic bags within a year is just the latest development in a debate that has been rumbling for decades.

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The alternative to incineration

The alternative to incinerationLock icon

There is no context in which setting fire to reusable and recyclable materials makes sense. Only materials which are organic in origin will burn. If you remove all of the materials in any waste stream, which can be recycled, and all the materials which...

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Waste crime: the multi-million pound swindle

Waste crime: the multi-million pound swindle

In Britain and other developed countries, disposing of unwanted things is taken for granted. There is (lots of) legislation in place to ensure waste is collected, transported and treated safely without having an impact on either health or the environment....

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