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Inquiry looks at the ‘right to repair’

The Australian Productivity Commission has been asked to look at the issue of consumers’ ability to repair faulty goods and to access repair services at a competitive price. The inquiry will specifically investigate the barriers and enablers of competition in repair markets and the costs and benefits of a regulated ‘right to repair’, including facilitating …
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Turning wastewater into natural gas

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will inject $5.9 million in funding to Jemena to trial injecting biomethane into the natural gas network in New South Wales. The demonstration project is the first of its kind in Australia.
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How global warming is boosting WTE market

The global waste-to-energy (WTE) market is expected to witness expansion as a result of the rapid depletion of conventional energy sources which contribute to harmful emissions. In terms of value, the waste-to-energy market stood at A$32,514.09m in 2019 and is expected to reach A$47,031.56m by 2025.

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Is landfill part of the ‘Circular’ Economy?

The Circular Economy is where materials are reclaimed from end-of- life products and recycled or re-used back into the same product. This is claimed to be the way of the future and the best approach to a sustainable economy. Avoidance of waste going to landfill is a key part of the Circular Economy. In this …
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Plastic problem is not business as usual

On December 8, 2020, the Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill was passed in the Senate without amendment. Despite a senate inquiry into the Bill and attempts by the Greens and Labor, the amendments to the Bill that would address plastic pollution and support the recycling sector did not pass. This has resulted in concern within …
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Momentum for button battery scheme

The recent ABC Australian Story about Summer Shoesmith and Bella Rees, two toddlers who died after ingesting button batteries, highlighted just how easily button batteries can cause serious harm. The Battery Stewardship Council recognises the severity of the problem and is working to get a formal battery recycling scheme underway. As a response to this problem and to complement the existing work of the ACCC, the BSC has established a Button Battery Advisory Group with the primary objective of reducing the risk of ingestion and insertion by children and vulnerable adults.

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Round 11 of CRC-P opened up to all

The Federal government has opened up Round 11 of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants program, whereby between $100,000 and $3 million is available to those parties that meet the criteria.

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EPA fines company over dust issue

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has fined Bulla-based Australian Recycling Corporation more than $8,000 for breaching its EPA licence by failing to do enough to reduce the potential for dust to blow off its landfill site.
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