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National pricing strategy for waste levies could drive necessary change, experts say

In Victoria where the landfill levy is significantly lower than in others jurisdictions, industry experts are pushing for a price hike. While people often want to drive prices down, a shift to a higher levy could be a much-needed step towards creating value for products in Victoria, according to Bingo Industries chief executive for Victoria, …
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Bin Trim program helps divert over 50 tonnes of leather off-cuts from landfill

A significant volume of leather off-cuts from shoes is being sent to landfill, when it could be recycled.

In a bid to divert this material from landfill, the MRA Bin Trim team and Modern Shoes worked together, as part of the third round of the NSW government’s Bin Trim program, to find a new home for these valuable off-cuts.

MRA’s experience with the Bin Trim program enabled the company to identify a suitable recycler, provide samples to test the recyclability of the product and ultimately provide a cheap, sustainable recycling solution for the business.

Prior to the assessment, Modern Shoes sent about 54 tonnes of various material to landfill, per annum. Leather off-cuts was the largest component by weight (55 per cent), followed by plastic (26 per cent).

With assistance from the Bin Trim program, Modern Shoes has managed to:

– Divert 100 per cent of their leather waste from landfill;

– Increase their overall recycling rate from 32 per cent to 88 per cent and;

– Reduce their waste disposal costs by a minimum of $1,800 per month, saving $21,600 per year.

Bin Trim is designed to provide businesses with long-term waste management solutions. The program funds Bin Trim assessors to provide NSW businesses with a free waste assessment and tailored action plan through a simple 5-step program:

1. An assessor will visit your business site and register the business for the Bin Trim program.

2. The assessor will review your business waste and determine how much more your business can recycle.

3. A tailored waste reduction action plan will be provided to you along with an assessment for equipment rebate eligibility.

4. The assessor will provide practical support and advice to help you put your plan into action. This could include employee education or new recycling services.

5. The assessor will conduct a second waste assessment to measure progress.

Free assessments and rebates:

Businesses with fewer than 400 employees are eligible to participate in Bin Trim. In addition, a maximum of five sites from one company can be assessed. Businesses may also be eligible for a rebate of between $1,000 and $50,000 to cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of recycling equipment.

Bin Trim, funded through the waste levy, is part of the NSW government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. An $802 million funding program for business recycling, organics collections, market development, managing problem wastes, new waste infrastructure, local councils and programs to tackle illegal dumping and litter.

This story was contributed by James Smith from MRA Consulting Group. 

Manufacturing – what role should it play in circular economy?

Manufacturing must be on the table when talking about achieving a circular economy (CE), according to UNSW Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla. Speaking from an Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) event on CE in Gosford, in August, Sahajwalla gave her insight into the key role manufacturing plays in creating the sustainable reuse of materials that currently …
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Queensland waste levy – success and challenges three months in

Council staff hope that Queensland’s waste levy won’t be canned again as they anticipate the levy will help grow investment in resource recovery over time. Speaking at the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) WasteQ Conference in Toowomba, state and local government representatives shared their thoughts on the recently introduced waste levy …
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Twin Ram Baler puts ease into recycling process

Bailing material efficiently and at maximum capacity is a priority for many facilities dealing with large amounts of recyclable products. And with container refund schemes (CRS) being rolled out across most states in Australia, millions of containers are being collected for reuse and recycling – increasing the need for good processes.
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One person’s food scraps are another person’s banquet

More than 50 per cent of people say they don’t like leaving food on their plate because it’s a waste of good produce and a waste of money. Yet Australians produce more than seven million tonnes of food waste every year. Mountains of edible produce is being chucked out and it’s not new news. Inside …
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