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The National Waste Report 2018 indicates that more than 67 million tonnes (Mt) of waste, including 14.2 Mt of organics, 6.3 Mt of hazardous waste and 5.6 Mt of paper and cardboard, is generated by Australians each year.
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The Queensland government has reintroduced a waste levy after half a decade of not having one, but “only time will tell what the shake out is”, Waste, Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ) CEO, Rick Ralph, said in response to the levy coming into effect on July 1.
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Many Australians are left wondering what to do with that broken hair straighter, that old washing machine that’s been sitting in the garage for 20 years or the Tamagotchi that no longer gets virtually fed.
Malaysia has ramped up joint inspection and enforcement activities at recycling factories in light of what Malaysia’s environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin, reported as tonnes of contaminated waste arriving from countries such as Australia.
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In the EU, waste is known as white gold, yet in Australia and many other developed countries, too much waste still gets tipped into landfill, despite having the potential to do so much more.
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This story was contributed by Mike Ritchie – the director of MRA Consulting Group.
The Australian Commonwealth has achieved a first – a Minister for Waste (and Environmental Management) was announced by the Morrison government.
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A workplace health and safety group has been formed to better manage safety in the waste industry.
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A major court ruling, handed down on August 2, 2019, will impact on recyclers in NSW, particularly those dealing with construction and demolition (C&D) waste, those that may have exposure to asbestos risks, and all parties dealing with resource recovery exemptions – including consumers and transporters.
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Compostable packaging has held a good reputation in consumers’ minds as war on waste supporters battle their way through single-use plastic packaging and materials that are proving detrimental to the environment.
Creating new products doesn’t necessarily mean using virgin materials, so organisations such as the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) are encouraging Australian manufacturers to look to circular economy practices.