Miri Schroeter

Waste consultant urges Australia to help its neighbours in a fight against rubbish

If Australia is serious about tackling marine litter and slowing resource depletion, a global approach to waste management should be a priority, according to waste consultant Kat Heinrich. As a member of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Heinrich has knowledge of the effects of both good and bad waste management across the globe. When …
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Trust – a pathway to getting community on board with EfW

A study conducted in 2019 by CSIRO and Sustainability Victoria showed that 75 per cent of survey participants believe that landfill is the worst option for managing waste, yet 36 per cent wouldn’t live near a waste complex and 27 per cent wouldn’t live near an energy from waste (EfW) facility. When it comes to …
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Councils break away from three-bin system amid Vic waste crisis

Dozens of councils and businesses were hit with the realisation that the recycled content they were responsible for could no longer be sent to SKM Recycling facilities after the company went into receivership in August. The failed enterprise led to councils sending recyclable material to landfill and it left companies out of pocket, after it …
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Solutions to diverting waste from landfill today

Amid a waste crisis, in which Australians have seen their recycling end up in landfill, recycling facilities such as SKM in Victoria have closed, and waste has been sent back to Australia from various Southeast Asian countries, all levels of government are searching for immediate and long-term solutions. Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and Australia’s …
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High landfill diversion rates achieved with community engagement in regional NSW

The Australian National Waste Report 2018, mentions community engagement numerous times, with state governments prioritising community education and public awareness of recycling and waste management. Engagement programs are widely prioritised by local and state governments, organisations and businesses in a bid to increase resource recovery.
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City of Melbourne no longer sending 45 tonnes of recycling to landfill each day

After almost two months of sending about 45 tonnes of recycling to landfill each day, the City of Melbourne has reached an agreement to resume the processing of household recycling. Until September 23, the council had been forced to send recyclable material to landfill due to the closure of numerous SKM facilities. SKM Recycling, which …
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