Solutions to diverting waste from landfill today

Amid a waste crisis, in which Australians have seen their recycling end up in landfill, recycling facilities such as SKM in Victoria have closed, and waste has been sent back to Australia from various Southeast Asian countries, all levels of government are searching for immediate and long-term solutions. Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and Australia’s …
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Research project aims to identify gaps in fostering good recycling behaviour

Germany has long been a leader in waste avoidance and resource recovery (WARR) with its comprehensive recycling infrastructure and scarce landfill operations. WARR processes are well adopted by its residents – one of whom is now researching recycling behaviour in Australia to determine how Australians’ perception of WARR can be shifted. When Susann Noé moved …
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Queensland waste levy gets mixed reactions from industry

The Queensland government has reintroduced a waste levy after half a decade of not having one, but “only time will tell what the shake out is”, Waste, Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ) CEO, Rick Ralph, said in response to the levy coming into effect on July 1. Queensland was the only mainland state without …
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Fees dished out with Malaysia’s crack down on foreign waste

Malaysia has ramped up joint inspection and enforcement activities at recycling factories in light of what Malaysia’s environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin, reported as tonnes of contaminated waste arriving from countries such as Australia. Not only will waste be returned to offending countries, but fees are also being dished out for importers that do not …
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Opinion: Australia’s recycling efforts often go unnoticed

This story was contributed by Pete Shmigel – the CEO of the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR). When you’re blindfolded and holding its tail, you can’t always tell it’s an elephant. And, when it takes a poop on you, you don’t want to stick around to find out. That’s one way of describing the situation …
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Trevor Evans spills on where the waste industry is heading

Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environment Management, Trevor Evans, speaks to Inside Waste about the Federal government’s role in the future of Australia’s waste industry.  Australia’s first waste minister vows to improve the waste sector by holding companies in the industry to account, while also improving Federal leadership with support and funding to programs …
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More public engagement needed to support EfW in Australia

Public awareness of the benefits of EfW facilities is too low in Australia, according to CSIRO’s Daniel Roberts. Roberts, who is the leader of CSIRO’s Hydrogen Energy Future Science Platform and the leader of Australia’s participation in IEA Bioenergy Task 36, said more knowledge of EfW is need to give people an insight into the …
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