There are many challenges that come with the recycling sector – be it the challenge of educating the public to put the right items in the correct bin to minimise contamination, or be it the challenge of ensuring e-waste is disposed of correctly with the help of convenient collection points.
While Europe has a clear focus to create a circular economy, the speed in which raw materials are turned into waste is cause for concern, European Commission policy officer, Rozalina Petrova, explained. She spoke about Europe’s take on waste management and circular economy at the Waste 2019 conference at Coffs Harbour.
In a country that generated 67Mt of waste in the span of a year, there is an appetite for change to the way consumers, manufacturers and all levels of government view waste. The message is clear from waste industry associations and waste management companies – give waste value.
The City of Mount Gambier council has taken the reuse market into its own hands by creating a second-hand shop, which has resulted in 60 tonnes of waste being diverted from landfill since it opened in October 2018.
There is an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris floating in the ocean, or sitting kilometres out of sight on the bottom of the seabed. Plastic Oceans Australasia acting executive director, Ricki Hersburgh, highlighted these “startling” figures in her presentation, Ocean Plastics – A Real Waste Management Issue, at the Waste 2019 conference.
The City of Sydney has committed to phasing out seven single-use items in its buildings, at its own venues and at events within the city as part of a pledge supported by more than 30 business so far.
In a bid to keep NSW clean and change people’s attitude towards littering, more than 32,800 members of the public have signed up as citizen enforcers to report litterers to the NSW EPA. Read more
Reducing litter and the use of single-use plastics is proving successful with education programs at a state government level. Read more
Trevor Evans has been named Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, which is a new role created under the Liberal Coalition government. Read more
Limited use of technology in the waste industry is preventing the collection of specific, real-time data, according to a preliminary survey conducted by Arcadis. Read more