Year in review: the key points of 2019 and an outlook for 2020

It’s been said by industry and government leaders – Australia’s waste industry is finally in the spotlight and it is getting the recognition it needs at a federal level. It has been a year of triumphs and challenges for the industry. And as Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) CEO Brooke Donnelly puts it, “Australia is …
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Community engagement a rewarding part of the job

As an environmental management and law graduate, Chris Dart didn’t imagine he would be immersed in the world of waste. But after joining EnviroCom Australia in 2016 as a graduate, Dart found a passion for the industry that he hadn’t known was there. During his studies, Dart said a career in the waste industry hadn’t …
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Organics – a 10 million-tonne problem for Australia

With organics representing on average, half of the waste that goes into household general waste bins, speakers at this year’s WasteQ Conference in Toowoomba, Queensland, urged local and state governments to increase their focus on diverting organics from landfill. The conference, hosted by Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), delved into topics …
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Manufacturing – what role should it play in circular economy?

Manufacturing must be on the table when talking about achieving a circular economy (CE), according to UNSW Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla. Speaking from an Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) event on CE in Gosford, in August, Sahajwalla gave her insight into the key role manufacturing plays in creating the sustainable reuse of materials that currently …
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One person’s food scraps are another person’s banquet

More than 50 per cent of people say they don’t like leaving food on their plate because it’s a waste of good produce and a waste of money. Yet Australians produce more than seven million tonnes of food waste every year. Mountains of edible produce is being chucked out and it’s not new news. Inside …
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Waste consultant urges Australia to help its neighbours in a fight against rubbish

If Australia is serious about tackling marine litter and slowing resource depletion, a global approach to waste management should be a priority, according to waste consultant Kat Heinrich. As a member of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Heinrich has knowledge of the effects of both good and bad waste management across the globe. When …
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Trust – a pathway to getting community on board with EfW

A study conducted in 2019 by CSIRO and Sustainability Victoria showed that 75 per cent of survey participants believe that landfill is the worst option for managing waste, yet 36 per cent wouldn’t live near a waste complex and 27 per cent wouldn’t live near an energy from waste (EfW) facility. When it comes to …
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Councils break away from three-bin system amid Vic waste crisis

Dozens of councils and businesses were hit with the realisation that the recycled content they were responsible for could no longer be sent to SKM Recycling facilities after the company went into receivership in August. The failed enterprise led to councils sending recyclable material to landfill and it left companies out of pocket, after it …
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