Karen Gomez

Painting a picture of product stewardship

Household paint is becoming a showcase for how stewardship and the circular economy can work in Australia. That may sound like a big call – and I could, of course, be accused of bias in making it – but I think the success of Paintback in its first five years is more than just the …
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Making life difficult for illegal dumpers

Illegal dumpers are the bane of many council’s existence. It takes up resources to dispose of the illicit waste, it damages the environment, and most importantly, rate payers must bear the cost of removal. And it is not going anywhere. As of 2019 it was costing Australia approximately $80 million to clean up illegal dumping …
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Implementing the behaviour change continuum

In its most simple and basic form, this is the waste cycle – buy, use, dispose, repeat. If we set aside the environmental, social or economic impacts of this cycle for a moment, we could agree that this is a simple, straight forward and convenient process. However, it is not sustainable. While waste education programs …
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The Daily Grind with Davis Earthmoving

Every year Australia is generating more waste. The country’s need for waste solutions is urgent. Up for the challenge is recycling contractor Davis Earthmoving & Quarrying Pty Ltd, offering mobile waste processing for various waste streams. Davis specialises in mobile recycling across New South Wales. The company uses high-powered equipment including mobile horizontal grinders and shredders to efficiently recycle wood, timber and green waste for beneficial re-use as mulch, soil conditioners and compost in landscaping and gardens across the state.

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‘Moments of joy’ working in waste industry

Going from biomedical science to waste education was a no brainer for Andrew Snedden. The recently appointed community relationships manager for Clean-Up Australia went from the virology and immunology arena to educating students and communities on how to make their lives and environment cleaner, greener, and more sustainable. It was only a chance encounter with a television programme that made him realise he might follow his current career path in the industry. Read more

Why the right flow meter matters in wastewater

Owning flow meters is a challenge of its own for water authorities and companies that deal in water management and wastewater treatment. This is especially so as the volume increases and consequently pipe size gets larger to serve high water demand in plants or an area with high population density. The current go-to technology for measuring water flow is usually a full bore, inline, magnetic flow meter. However, due to the aforementioned challenges, the cost of ownership of such a flow meter can be unexpectedly expensive. Installing, calibrating, maintaining and replacing a new meter might mean shutting down the pipe, which may compromise water availability and attracts scrutiny.

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Wasted Space: Why butts are bad for business

Hello Minister Greetings from the land of lockdowns, funny-looking marsupials, and the third best cricket team in the world. I’ve decided to quit Minister! No, not the service, although after the Berlin Wall came down I thought it might be on the cards – more space and time to do other things. Things have been …
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