RESEARCH & REPORTS

Young Victorians throwing away $115 of food a week

Young Victorians throwing away $115 of food a week

New research commissioned by Sustainability Victoria has found young Victorians and parents with children are key contributors to the state's food waste dilemma, which equates to an estimated cost of $5.4 billion annually.

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91% of plastic isn't recycled, according to report

91% of plastic isn't recycled, according to report

In the last six decades, human beings have produced over eight billion metric tonnes of plastic, and if we keep going at the current rate there will be around 12 billion tonnes of waste in landfills by 2050.

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New OECD report calls on governments to foster plastic recycling markets

New OECD report calls on governments to foster plastic recycling markets

Plastic recycling is failing to reach its full potential as low recovery rates of plastic waste, poor quality of recycled plastic and a lack of price incentives are holding back secondary plastic markets, according to a new Organisation for Economic Co-operation...

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E-waste mining could be more cost-effective than mining virgin materials

E-waste mining could be more cost-effective than mining virgin materials

A new academic article published by Environmental Science & Technology has suggested that the potential benefits of mining metals from e-waste are potentially more cost-effective than traditional mining of virgin materials, and is only becoming more affordable...

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Australia pushes for biofuel increase for billions in economic growth

Australia pushes for biofuel increase for billions in economic growthLock icon

Australia has joined the US in its recognition of the economic benefits of bio-based industry, claiming that increasing biofuel use by 10% could create a spike in employment of more than 8600 and bring billions of dollars of revenue and investment.

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Report slams NSW EPA over illegal waste disposal

Report slams NSW EPA over illegal waste disposal

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has been criticised by a state parliamentary inquiry into waste management over its inability to regulate and combat illegal waste disposal.

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Report calls for more wastewater treatment, reuse and recycling

Report calls for more wastewater treatment, reuse and recycling

A new report by the International Water Association (IWA) and the OFID (OPEC Fund for International Development) argues that decisive, urgent and large-scale action is needed to dramatically increase wastewater treatment, reuse and recycling.

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Cigarettes and plastics are the biggest polluters of our waterways

Cigarettes and plastics are the biggest polluters of our waterways

Cigarette butts and single-use plastics remain the biggest polluters in our waterways, with up to 1000 pieces of debris occupying each kilometre of Australian coastline, according to the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database report.

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New research explores potential of plastics and glass for concrete footpaths

New research explores potential of plastics and glass for concrete footpathsLock icon

Swinburne University of Technology recently investigated the use of end-of-life recovered plastics and glass fines in the construction of concrete footpaths, and found that it could be incorporated without compromising the mechanical properties and meeting...

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A first for SA

A first for SA

Green Industries, South Australia's public resource recovery agency, has released their first infrastructure plan.

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