Scientists at Deakin University and Spain’s Tecnalia research and innovation hub have improved the process for recovering rare earth metals, which are essential in mobile phones and other modern technologies such as hybrid-electric vehicles.
Researchers from Mexico’s Purdue University, the Technological University of Queretaro, and the Engineering and Industrial Development Centre have found a way to convert post-consumer LDPE and HDPE into energy-storing carbon that can be used in batteries.
A generated biogas, used directly in a food plant’s existing boiler, is helping to reduce carbon footprint, lower energy costs and provide cleaner wastewater effluent.
It is looking likely that a revision of the EU’s Batteries Directive is on the cards after an official review found that objectives for the collection of waste batteries and their recovery had not been fully delivered.
Organic material plays a crucial role in building a greener, cleaner and sustainable environment for future generations, which is why composting can come in handy.
With support from the Queensland government, Penrith City Council, Centre for Organic Research and Education, International Compost Awareness Week, and Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group a list of four reasons why composting can help create a more sustainable environment has been created.
- Compost diverts food waste from landfill
By composting food waste at home or work, waste is diverted from going to landfill hence its nutrients recycled into fertiliser and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions in the environment.
- Compost is key to Urban Farming
Urban farming enables sustainable living among local communities. Compost as a natural fertiliser nurtures soils and eliminates synthetic chemicals, ensuring that high quality, sustainably grown food.
- Compost is used to clean up waterways and degraded lands
In lesser-known applications, compost is used in bio-filters to help clean storm water before it travels into the ocean as well as help regenerate degraded land areas such as; mines, eroded catchments and salinity-effected land.
- Compost provides healthy soil
Compost has a water holding capacity in excess of 30 per cent and is a key ingredient in locking nutrients in soil therefore producing healthier soil and better plant growth.
May 5-11 marks the 14th International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) held in Australia. This is a week during which Australians are encouraged to promote the importance and benefits of composting, through workshops or demonstrations.
CORE is a charity that has been championing this international campaign exclusively in Australia for 14 years in an effort to improve soil quality and at the same time reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfills.
CORE chairman Eric Love said carbon materials are fundamental to human existence.
“Recycled carbon materials such as kerbside collected organic materials can create circular economies that benefit environmental, social and economic aspects of human existence.
“This can only be achieved if the uses of products made from these materials are fully supported throughout the community,” said Love.
“While some good progress has been made, all governments can step up to the plate when it comes to increasing the purchase of recycled products instead of in some cases creating procurement barriers,” he said.
Grampians Central West Waste and Resources Recovery Group executive officer La Vergne Lehmann said encouraging residents in our communities to compost more at home and use compost in their own gardens is the best outcome for dealing with the organic waste that we create and our support for International Compost Awareness Week is all about engaging communities to do just that.
During Earth Day this year, Etihad Airways operated a flight from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane without any single-use plastics on board – the longest plastic-free flight in history, in a bid to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution.
Recycling efforts have fallen short and recent bans on the import of plastic by China and India are pushing Australia and other first world nations to rethink new ways to deal with the crisis.
The size and complexity of the waste challenge facing society dominated discussions at the first stakeholders’ meeting of the newly announced Circular Economy Innovation Network (CEIN), according to the University of NSW newsroom.
In conjunction with Earth Day, the Sustainable Concerts Working Group (SCWG), led by multi-platinum recording artist Jack Johnson and his team, have announced the launch of BYOBottle, an environmental campaign that engages artists, venues, festivals and fans to reduce plastic pollution in the music industry by promoting reusable water bottles and water refill stations at music events.
Adelaide-based technology and engineering company SAGE Automation is increasing production of its smart container deposit systems on the back of increased demand from Queensland.