A newly-opened mechanical and biological waste treatment plant for municipal organic waste in Dandenong South, which is able to process 120,000 tonnes a year, will help southeast Melbourne councils and residents manage their waste more effectively.
The Council of the European Union (EU) has adopted stringent measures proposed by the European Commission to tackle marine litter coming from the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on European beaches.
Infrastructure Victoria will advise the Victorian government on the necessary infrastructure required to improve recycling and resource recovery efforts in the state.
Queensland’s container refund scheme has seen half-a-billion containers returned since the start of November 2018.
The Packaging Forum has given its support to the New Zealand government’s plans to improve plastic recycling and waste reduction efforts, which was recently announced by New Zealand’s Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage.
A Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) survey found that Melbourne’s 31 councils are collectively spending at least $10.8 million per year cleaning up illegally dumped materials.
The Liberal National Party is set to govern Australia for the next three years, which means the waste industry can expect $100 million to support the manufacturing of lower emissions and energy-efficient recycled content products, and $20m for a new Product Stewardship Investment Fund – based on promises made prior to the election.
The first of two zero emissions collection trucks have commenced household collection operations in Hobson Bay on May 15, as part of a three-month trial to test the new system’s effectiveness.
The New Zealand government has announced the next steps in its plan to rapidly improve the country’s waste management systems, which include reducing contamination of recyclables and increasing onshore processing of plastics.