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Mobile Conversations: Should I Recycle or Reuse?

Mobile Conversations: Should I Recycle or Reuse?

Independent market research conducted by IPSOS for MobileMuster highlights that more people than ever before are reusing their mobiles. The research revealed that one in 10 are selling or trading in their old mobiles and one in six are giving them to family or friends.

One of the most popular ways to reuse old mobiles that still work is to sell them or pass them on to friends and family, and both outcomes mean that the life of the device is extended. Read more

To build a more sustainable city, collaboration is key

To build a more sustainable city, collaboration is key

A co-founder of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Atkinson has built her career around the economics of urban sustainability, and was once the global head of sustainability for Lendlease.

With the theme of this year’s Oration being Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and cities, Atkinson drew upon her experience in the field as a sustainability strategist to highlight the climate positive actions occurring across cities in Australia and around the globe. Read more

LEGO just smashed its 100% renewable energy goal

LEGO just smashed its 100% renewable energy goal

To achieve its target, the LEGO Group invested $1.2 billion over four years in two offshore wind farms, and 20,000 solar panels to be installed on the roof of the company’s factory in Jiaxing in China.

In 2016, more than 360GW hours of energy were used by LEGO to produce the more than 75 billion LEGO bricks sold around the world during the year.  Read more

Legal Eagle: A licence holder's rights and responsibilities - recent prosecution in the Land and Environment Court

Legal Eagle: A licence holder’s rights and responsibilities – recent prosecution in the Land and Environment Court

Environment Protection Authority v Steggles Foods Mt Kuring-gai Pty Ltd [2017] NSWLEC 33

In this case, the NSW EPA commenced proceedings against Steggles Foods for contravening the following condition of its licence: “All plant and equipment installed at the premises or used in connection with the licensed activity… must be maintained in a proper and efficient condition”.

In providing details (particulars) of the contravention, the EPA stated that: “The defendant failed to maintain a refrigeration system, which was installed at 4-6 Mundowi Road, Mt Kuring-gai, in a condition in which it did not leak Ammonia.” Read more

Concerns raised over Central Coast tender

Concerns raised over Central Coast tender

Central Coast Council’s 10-year contract with Remondis will come to an end in January next year and Council told Inside Waste it had invited tenders but was unable to comment on ongoing the tender process. It did however, point to a media statement released in March, which said: “On 24 March 2017 the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Central Coast Council participated in confidential mediation, at the request of the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP.  Read more

Strength in numbers

Strength in numbers

Thus, in October that year, Maitland City Council turned to its neighbours – Cessnock and Singleton – to discuss the viability of implementing a regional contract for the collection and processing of organics. It was quickly determined that a regional contract was indeed the only financially sustainable option for the three councils to deliver a kerbside organics collection and processing service to their communities. Read more

Sustainable Insights: 'Social licence' critical to business success

Sustainable Insights: ‘Social licence’ critical to business success

Melbourne is now Australia’s fastest-growing city. With more than 107,000 new residents coming here in 2016, processing and disposing of waste presents environmental and human challenges, but also opportunities for government, business and industry.

Investment by the waste, resource recovery and manufacturing industries with some Victorian government help is supporting growth in the sector and generating jobs as projects are planned constructed and made operational. Read more

Honeywell launch new cloud-based service for better building efficiency

Honeywell launch new cloud-based service for better building efficiency

Honeywell’s new service draws from the collecting power of the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, mobile applications and Honeywell’s service engineers.

Combining advanced automation and data analytics, Outcome Based Service enables Honeywell service engineers to assess and scrutinise building assets around the clock, allowing them to identify anomalies and misconfigurations earlier than traditional maintenance to help save time and money.  Read more

Sydney Water conducting research on food waste to energy

Sydney Water conducting research on food waste to energy

To explain the process, food waste will be blended with sewage and the mixture is then converted into methane gas through a process called anaerobic co-digestion.

The obtained methane is then used as fuel to heat an anaerobic digester and to produce electricity to power the plant, with the entire process occurring in a contained system to eliminate any odours. Read more