E-waste – where money can be made

Old smart phones and retired electric toothbrushes represent a massive resource recovery opportunity for Australia’s e-waste management industry. Warren Overton, chief executive officer at the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP), told the audience at the Victorian Waste Management Association conference that there’s huge scope to expand and modernise electronic waste recycling in Australia. …
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EPA to revoke recovered fines orders and exemptions

On 2 September 2021 the NSW EPA announced that it intends to revoke both the Batch Process and Continuous Process Recovered Fines (skip bin fines) Orders and Exemptions. The revocation is likely to occur at some point after a period of consultation with industry, which ends on 30 September 2021.

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Implementing the behaviour change continuum

In its most simple and basic form, this is the waste cycle – buy, use, dispose, repeat. If we set aside the environmental, social or economic impacts of this cycle for a moment, we could agree that this is a simple, straight forward and convenient process. However, it is not sustainable. While waste education programs …
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‘Moments of joy’ working in waste industry

Going from biomedical science to waste education was a no brainer for Andrew Snedden. The recently appointed community relationships manager for Clean-Up Australia went from the virology and immunology arena to educating students and communities on how to make their lives and environment cleaner, greener, and more sustainable. It was only a chance encounter with a television programme that made him realise he might follow his current career path in the industry. Read more

Wasted Space: Why butts are bad for business

Hello Minister Greetings from the land of lockdowns, funny-looking marsupials, and the third best cricket team in the world. I’ve decided to quit Minister! No, not the service, although after the Berlin Wall came down I thought it might be on the cards – more space and time to do other things. Things have been …
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A how-to guide for councils rolling out FOGO bins

Councils adding a bin to the recycling roster can be a daunting task on many levels. Questions posed include – What resources are needed? What size should the bins be? Will the community buy in to the new service? Gwen Harper shares some of the tricks of the trade to help rollouts go smoothly. This …
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