A new venture formed from Energy Estate and InfraCo to develop and build tyre recycling plants in Australia and New Zealand will use the two technologies of Vertech/RubberJet Valley tyre disintegration and Tyromer rubber devulcanisation. However, the Australian Tyre Recycling Association (ATRA) is doubtful of the efficacy of the business model.
It is close to two years since China National Sword and the limitations on Australia’s export to Asian recycling nations kicked in. Recycling has not collapsed but it has taken some pretty big hits. Local government for the most part, has stepped up to the plate and compensated Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) for the loss in commodity sales revenue.
The Future Business Council (FBC) is closing and the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD) will become home to the FBC alumni network and contacts.
Western Australia’s container deposit scheme will now commence on October 1, after a delay due to COVID-19 with funding available from June 2 until scheme commencement.
More than 12 million tonnes of our 21.7 million tonnes of landfilled waste is organic. Of that, close to seven million tonnes is food waste and garden organics.
New South Wales councils and the alternative waste treatment (AWT) industry are now able to apply for NSW Government funding to improve kerbside waste recycling.
Australia’s export ban on waste glass will now commence on January 1, 2021 and not the date of July 1 this year, as previously scheduled.
A local recycler and supplier of battery materials is testing metal dust from old household batteries for use as crop nutrient supplements.
The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) is encouraged by the scale of work being undertaken to ensure Australia has the necessary strategic policies and plans to build a foundation for a strong and sustainable environment and lay out a roadmap for recovery post-COVID-19.
Industry advocate, MRA Consulting managing director Mike Ritchie, has called on NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean (pictured) to act soon to give the state strategic clarity on waste reform.