Circular business models offer multiple process opportunities for businesses

The principles and thinking behind a circular economy are not new. Academics have spoken about the merits of a circular economy since the 1990s. Companies, big and small, practice its principles and now Australian government bodies are actively exploring policies aligned to a circular economy. So how does a circular economy fit into waste management. …
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Fostering a collaborative network for industry’s young professionals

From working in the field supervising commercial bush regeneration projects, to authoring reports tackling strategic responses to rapid urban densification and the China National Sword, Genevieve Daneel, environmental consultant at Jacobs, has already gained a diverse wealth of experience and knowledge in her professional career, despite only having a bit over four years of experience …
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Lack of technology uptake limiting real time, accurate data collection, Arcadis explains

Limited use of technology in the waste industry is preventing the collection of specific, real-time data, according to a preliminary survey conducted by Arcadis.  At the Waste 2019 conference, held on May 14-16 at Coffs Harbour, the need for more data within the industry was a hot topic as many see it as a way …
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Post-consumer recycled plastics manufactured into bodysurfing hand-plane

Australian entrepreneur Rikki Gilbey, founder of ethical bodysurfing brand WAW Handplanes, is turning the tide on plastic waste with the launching of its bodysurfing hand-plane, which is made from 100 per cent post-consumer recycled plastics commonly found on the beach, including bottle caps, single-use cutlery and trays. Gilbey partnered up with Mark Yates, founder of …
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China Sword Policy “irreversible, yet positive”, ABC’s Gardening Australia host says

ABC’s Gardening Australia host, Costa Georgiadis, summed up the challenges in the waste industry as an “incredible 12 months”, due in part to the enforcement of the China National Sword Policy. With more than a decade as a waste and environment advocate in Australia, Georgiadis shares hard-hitting truths about waste in Australia with viewers of Gardening …
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Flinders University microplastics study determines how clean Australia’s remote beaches really are

A study conducted by Flinders University will find out how many microplastics are swimming in waters at South Australian beaches. The study, led by Flinders University professor Karen Burke Da Silva, looks at plastic pollution in our waterways and these microplastics are affecting marine life. While Australia’s densely-populated beaches are often put under the microscope …
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WMRR and NWRIC welcome environment-driven election promises

With less than a week to go until the 2019 Federal election, the three major parties have proposed new schemes that will boost capabilities in the waste sector. In response to these announcements, the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) and the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) have applauded Australian …
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Global waste crisis tackled with new standards

The need for action on waste is being recognised in a push by Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) for new standards that aim to help organisations better understand and communicate their waste impacts. GRI’s draft Waste Standard endeavours to support companies to improve their waste management practices as the scale of the issue – from the …
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WMRR’s Gayle Sloan recognised as Women in Industry Awards finalist

Being able to highlight the waste industry in an awards program that recognises women working in “non-traditional” workplaces is something Gayle Sloan sees as important in excelling various industries in Australia. Sloan, who is the CEO of Waste Management & Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), is a finalist for the Industry Advocacy Award in …
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More funds are needed to divert organics from landfill – WCRA

Councils and businesses across NSW could access grants to waste collection services with a $2.6 million fund, but some say more needs to be done. The grants, which aim to divert organics waste from landfill, are a step in the right direction. However, it’s a step the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) …
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