Ricoh recycling programs a major part of carbon neutrality achievement

Ricoh recycling programs a major part of carbon neutrality achievement

The company’s numerous waste avoidance initiatives and energy saving measures were key in helping Ricoh Australia realise this accomplishment.

The Ricoh consumables recycling program, in operation since 2001, has set the benchmark for sustainable business practices within the industry. It is free to Ricoh customers as part of their goal to reach zero waste-to-landfill. Read more

NRL legend urges Queenslanders to support plastic bag ban

NRL legend urges Queenslanders to support plastic bag ban

The ban will see plastic bags disappear from all retail outlets, with shoppers encouraged to bring their own bags, as part of a push to reduce plastic waste.

Most retailers will begin the ban from July 1, or face a $6300 fine each time they are caught using a thin plastic bag. It is the beginning of a slow plan to reduce the amount of accumulated plastics in the environment.  Read more

Metal recyclers losing revenue because of new legislation: WCRA

Metal recyclers losing revenue because of new legislation: WCRA

On March 1, the regulatory model approved by the state government in September 2016, began and amongst the regulatory measures were a requirement for businesses dealing in scrap metal to be registered with the Commissioner of Police, an obligation for scrap metal dealers to keep and maintain records of transactions, and the need to report suspicious transactions to police (the full list of regulatory measures can be found here). Read more

Shifting the spotlight

Shifting the spotlight

Whether we verbalise this or not, studies have shown that energy is on the minds of all business directors. According to the AICD Director Sentiment Index, 58% of Australian directors rate energy policy and pricing as the biggest issues of 2018, ahead of taxation reform and infrastructure development. These findings are mirrored by the World Economic Forum survey, where the largest risk identified by Australian respondents was energy price shock, with two-thirds of executives identifying this as being one of their top five concerns. Read more

Plastic's role in the decarbonisation of the EU's economy

Plastic’s role in the decarbonisation of the EU’s economy

Bienkowska sought to offer the gathered attendees and stakeholders an overview of how the EU’s new plastics strategy will affect the plastics sector in Europe.

Some of the proposals offered in the EU plastics strategy, such as bans on certain single-use plastic products, have concerned manufacturers, but Bienkowska sought to reassure them that the European Commission recognises the value of plastics in all sectors, and that restrictions would serve only to promote the use of biodegradable plastics. Read more

The keys to successful product stewardship

The keys to successful product stewardship

That is the question that Terence Jeyaretnam, climate change and sustainability leader at EY discussed in his presentation on the evolution of voluntary and regulatory product stewardship programs in Australia at the PVC AUS 2018 conference in Sydney in March. And it was timely as well as the federal Department of Environment is currently reviewing the National Product Stewardship Act.

“A lot of these schemes came about as a response to a lot of industries beginning to look at sustainability as part of their core business strategies,” Jeyaretnam said. Read more

Mandurah aiming to further improve on recycling bin contamination rates

Mandurah aiming to further improve on recycling bin contamination rates

The campaign comes as the nation is hit with the Chinese import ban, which has sent local governments around Australia into a logistical nightmare when it comes to waste management as they become overwhelmed with their own rubbish.

The City contracts the delivery of its waste management services to Cleanaway through an Alliance style contract, which according to Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams is an Australian first in local government.  Read more

Incineration in Asia - a viable solution?

Incineration in Asia – a viable solution?

According to the World Bank, municipal solid waste (MSW) generation is going to double by 2025, keeping in mind that OECD countries are still producing the majority of that waste. In Asia, the current average waste generation is approximately 0.9kg/capita/day and is set to increase to 1.5kg/capita/day as the economy develops. The current waste production in Asia stands approximately at 738,000 tons/day and will increase to 1,865,000 tons/day in 2025. The waste disposal in this region will be one of the major challenges in the years to come. Read more