Australia is behind in some aspects of waste management, such as energy from waste, but it is thriving in other areas – for example by trialling an app that tells users how they can recycle an item. Inside Waste explored where Australia’s waste management efforts fit in comparison to other nations.
Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA) executive officer Mark Smith shares his opinion on how the federal and state governments could better support the growth and expansion of the waste sector.
In 2015/16 there were more than 20 million visitors to Bondi Beach. As one of the most popular beach- side regions in Australia, there is a constant flow of people moving to the area for several months before moving on to the next sandy spot.
Sustainability is at the forefront of various organisations’ minds. From the ski slopes of Perisher Valley, to the halls of universities across Australia – waste and resource recovery has taken precedence.
Industry leaders are skeptical that Australia will meet the waste export ban timeframes proposed by the federal government. Discussions have been rife since the federal government released a Recycling Market Situation Summary Review report in January, which has sparked continued conversations about the ban as well as questions about whether the report was even necessary. Read more
China has set a timetable to ban or restrict some single-use, nondegradable plastic products by the end of this year.
Compostable takeaway coffee cups are a staple in many people’s lives these days. In moments where they embark on their morning coffee run and forget their reusable cups, compostable or biodegradable single-use options prove to be that little bit better than the outdated versions that end up in landfill – provided the alternative is disposed of correctly.