A report on Victoria’s waste management system has been released and found that several key agencies in the state have failed to effectively manage the sector, which is what led to “significant amounts of recyclables ending up in landfill and increased stockpiling posing unacceptable risks to public health and the environment”.
Two waste industry associations have joined forces to host an event focussed on driving outcomes for the development of renewable biogas and hydrogen in Australia.
In a country that generated 67Mt of waste in the span of a year, there is an appetite for change to the way consumers, manufacturers and all levels of government view waste. The message is clear from waste industry associations and waste management companies – give waste value.
Victorian residents are being encouraged to enter the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards as previous winners recognise the awards as helping them build better customer and community relationships.
A $5 million asphalt plant has been opened in Teralba, Lake Macquarie, to allow plastic bags, recycled glass and printer toner to be used in the construction of new roads in the area.
A national food waste project has found that in 2016-17, Australia produced 7.3 million tonnes of food waste across the supply and consumption chain. Of this, 2.5 million (34 per cent) was created in homes, 2.3m tonnes (31 per cent) was created in primary production and 1.8m tonnes (25 per cent) was produced in the manufacturing sector.
The City of Mount Gambier council has taken the reuse market into its own hands by creating a second-hand shop, which has resulted in 60 tonnes of waste being diverted from landfill since it opened in October 2018.
The first phase of a three-year Food Organics/Green Organics (FOGO) project has been launched on Kangaroo Island, by the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA).
There is an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris floating in the ocean, or sitting kilometres out of sight on the bottom of the seabed. Plastic Oceans Australasia acting executive director, Ricki Hersburgh, highlighted these “startling” figures in her presentation, Ocean Plastics – A Real Waste Management Issue, at the Waste 2019 conference.
The City of Sydney has committed to phasing out seven single-use items in its buildings, at its own venues and at events within the city as part of a pledge supported by more than 30 business so far.