Dr Christophe Lasseur, coordinator of the European Space Agency’s Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative (MELISSA), studies how to keep astronauts alive in space by recycling their waste products into water, oxygen, food and other materials.
Construction and demolition (C&D) waste accounts for around 40 per cent of the total waste generated in Australia. Given our national economic growth, this waste stream increased from 14.9Mt in 2006-07 to 19.6Mt in 2014-15, according to the Australian National Waste Report 2016.
Pact Group, manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging for the Australasian region, has called on the Australian government to provide incentives to companies that divert waste from landfill.
At the G7 Ministerial Meeting held in Halifax, three industry leaders involved with post-consumer packaging recovery – INEOS Styrolution Group, ReVital Polymers and Pyrowave – announced a strategic partnership to recycle polystyrene packaging.
In August, Inside Waste had the opportunity to sit down with Anissa Levy, acting chair and CEO of the NSW EPA, and it became evident early in our chat that she is passionate and committed to the industry.
The Department of Justice and Regulation has been named a finalist in the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards for their Recycle, Reuse, Donate Woodwork Program for offenders serving Community Correction Orders.
A national not-for-profit coalition that includes corporate and NGO leaders, think tanks and sustainability experts, have announced its goal to eliminate waste and accelerate the reduction of carbon emissions from the Canadian economy.
Australia has limited capacity to process its e-waste in-house and recent media reports have highlighted the problems we face when exporting our e-waste overseas. Swinburne University of Technology professor Geoff Brooks says we can turn this issue on its head if we can begin to look at the issue as an opportunity to build on the country’s wealth, to create new jobs, and to develop innovative technologies around e-waste processing.
Beaconsfield Dental from Berwick, Victoria has been named a finalist in the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards Health category for their work that prioritises sustainability in a range of ways.
EY’s recent research into best practice product stewardship schemes has lessons for the review of the Product Stewardship Act.