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Waste Opportunist: Closing the plasticulture loop in QLD (part 2)

Waste Opportunist: Closing the plasticulture loop in QLD (part 2)

Queensland’s existing ag-plastic collections

DrumMUSTER

DrumMUSTER commenced in 1998 and is an Australian-wide program for the collection and recycling of eligible (with logo) non-returnable chemical containers above one litre/kilogram and up to 205 litre/kilogram in declared content in the packaging of crop production and animal health products. Read more

Could recycled plastic be a viable alternative for timber railway sleepers?

Could recycled plastic be a viable alternative for timber railway sleepers?

Tourist and heritage railway groups who are currently using second hand timber sleepers to keep their tracks running are driving demand for an alternative sleeper material, as these groups can’t keep up with the maintenance of timber sleepers that currently only have a lifespan of five to 15 years.

Victorian manufacturer of composite recycled plastic products – Integrated Recycling – is involved with the recycled plastic sleeper project and is currently using their facility in Mildura to prove that plastic sleepers will be able to properly support trains. Read more

Inside Waste (June/July): Celebrating a decade in Queensland

Inside Waste (June/July): Celebrating a decade in Queensland

And on April 26, 2007, seven companies along with waste veteran Rick Ralph, came together to set up the Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ).

10 years on and WRIQ has made great leaps and bounds in and for the sector. In the June/July issue of Inside Waste, now ready for download, we sat down with WRIQ CEO Rick Ralph to reflect on the decade and celebrate the efforts of the association. Read more

Australia's largest hospital solar array installed in Bundaberg

Australia’s largest hospital solar array installed in Bundaberg

The project will see the installation of 1253 individual 435w panels over the next three months on all available roof space of the hospital and maintenance shed, with a total system size of 545kW, and a cost of more than $1 million.

Friendly Society Private Hospital’s business development manager Stuart Bonnett, said that the increasing cost of electricity was one of the main drivers behind this initiative. Read more

Waste Opportunist: Closing the plasticulture loop in QLD (part 1)

Waste Opportunist: Closing the plasticulture loop in QLD (part 1)

Of the many plastics used in Queensland’s agriculture, approximately one-third can be readily recycled, for example, clean plastics such as trickle tapes and plastic packaging. However, plastic products such as mulches and silage wrap are often contaminated with soil and residual plant vegetation, with this contamination accounting for up to 70% by weight. Besides creating storage and transportation complications, the contamination results in higher collection and processing costs, making the end-of-life plastics unattractive to recyclers. Read more

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