The future of waste infrastructure

The evolution of sustainable practices, which include waste management, within the infrastructure sector in Australia and New Zealand presents a huge opportunity to make real and valuable long-term positive benefits for the environment. The industry is at cross-roads and through innovation, investment and most importantly, partnerships. We are moving towards a future where we look …
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FOGO in MUDs – how to make it work

As our cities become bigger we are living more in units and flats (MUDs or multi-unit dwellings) rather than houses (SUDs or single unit dwellings). MRA is regularly asked to explain whether FOGO (Food Organic and Garden Organic waste collected in a dedicated green lidded bin, from households) works in MUDs. Although FOGO has multiple …
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Wasted Space: Victorian CDS Schemozzle

Dear Minister, well, well, well. Talk about setting the cat among the pigeons, or should I say, single-use plastics among recyclables. There’s been a bit of an ado within the waste sector about container deposit schemes (CDS). Unlike home, where everybody know their place in Her Majesty’s United Kingdom, it seems our antipodean cousins are …
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Victoria’s CDS – who’s right and who’s wrong?

Victoria’s governmental announcement on April 14 that it had made a decision on its Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), which will follow the NSW split responsibility model where there will be network operators and a coordinator. The Victorian government took its time to develop what it considers to be the best option, with more than 3,000 …
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When regulators come knocking

Waste is a highly regulated industry, given it has the potential for significant impacts to human health and the environment if not managed carefully. For this reason, many in the industry will, from time to time, receive an unwelcome visit, call, request, or notice from regulators. These are most commonly WH&S regulators, or environmental regulators …
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Just-in-time model not working for food

During the recent Australian Circular Economy Conference (ACEC), one of the webinars delved into Food and the Circular Economy in Australia and China. One of the speakers was Alana Mann, associated professor for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the University of Sydney. Mann noted that one outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic was …
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How Waste 2020 continued with a message of collaboration

Every industry has the one seminal event where it gathers, connects and learns. For this industry, it is the Coffs Harbour Waste 2020 Conference. But with only weeks to go, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions. But, as we have already reported on the adaptability of the industry, it wasn’t long before …
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