EPA’s changes will decrease recycling rates, reduce jobs, discourage investment

The NSW construction & demolition (C&D) waste sector is the largest resource recovery sector in NSW, processing over 13.4 million tonnes a year and contributing $500 million annually to the economy. It employs more than 1,000 workers. The EPA’s proposal to rapidly change the framework that presently recycles over 1.2 million tonnes of fines from co-mingled waste could destroy business’ investment confidence, leading to a lack of investment, and innovation. The EPA needs to focus on better enforcement of the existing regulations, rather than increasing the regulatory burden on ethical operators. The EPA’s proposal will merely force ethical operators out of the industry.

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Conference to tackle vinyl sustainability

Collaboration towards a circular economy for PVC, the journey towards net zero carbon and safe and sustainable additives will be among key topics discussed by a host of global experts at PVC AUS 2022, Australia’s vinyl conference, in Queensland from 7 to 9 June 2022.

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What are the top 10 marine waste items?

More polystyrene is being collected from the nation’s largest waterways and marine environments than any other type of plastic, supporting a national government push to phase out its use in consumer products by the end of the year, according to new research from Conservation Volunteers Australia released today.

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It’s time to stop the waste

In a recent Inside Waste issue, one of the Australian landfill stakeholders confirmed that around 70 per cent of landfill gas is captured over the life of landfill. The IPCC states that methane has 28 times the greenhouse gas (GHG) potential of carbon dioxide, yet our political leaders aim for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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