While a national audit reveals information on consumer products and packaging is confusing and ineffective, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) says important progress is being made.
A bold plan to recycle more reusable material from metal recycling is behind the $50 million investment in the first of 11 global resource renewal facilities to be built in Campbellfield Victoria, by Sims Resource Renewal, a division of Sims Limited.
A reimagined Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE) will now run from November 25-26 as an interactive online event. The organisers explained that the shift to digital will still make it accessible to everyone, regardless of geography or social distancing rules.
For an industry hungry for solutions to accelerate the journey to recycling sustainability, $10 million funding for inventive ideas for recycling and reuse of plastics, paper, glass and tyres will satisfy, somewhat.
Victorian infrastructure projects which use recycled materials and create local jobs are being boosted by $2.6 million Sustainable Infrastructure Fund grants. Local Victorian governments are expected to spend more than $8 billion on infrastructure projects over the next three years, presenting a significant opportunity to increase their use of recycled materials.
Grants of up to $300,000 are now open to local councils and alpine resort management boards to use recycled materials such as glass, paper, cardboard, plastics and rubber to build new infrastructure including roads, footpaths, outdoor park equipment, drainages and cycleways.
The grants are supported by the Government’s previous $4.5 million investment in the development and use of new recycled products through the Research, Development and Demonstration program – increasing the uptake of recycled products, improving market confidence and demand, and supporting innovation.
The Sustainable Infrastructure Fund supports the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy and 10-year action plan, Recycling Victoria.
Recycling Victoria will invest more than $300 million to:
- transform its recycling sector
- reduce waste
- create thousands of jobs
- set Victoria up for a more sustainable future
Grants in action
When the minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio launched the fund, she cited a $200,000 Research, Development and Demonstration Grant which had been awarded in October 2018. The project was a partnership between the Government, Boral, City of Whitehorse and RMIT University which developed an environmentally friendly concrete mix by utilising recycled plastics and crumb rubber.
As a result, the concrete mix will be used for a new footpath in Ailsa Street, Box Hill South in late August.
Grant applications for this round of funding close 3 pm, 8 October 2020.
This is the first of three funding rounds. Round 2 is planned for an October release and round 3 in January 2021.
A new record of 23 companies have demonstrated full compliance with sustainability objectives applicable to their businesses in 2019 under the Australian PVC Stewardship Program, operated by the Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA).
Phasing out cigarette filters, microbeads and most types of disposable plastic foodware and containers would help halve the amount of plastic pollution flowing into Australia’s environment, according to a new report
The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMMR) CEO Gayle Sloan has welcomed the 2020-2022 WMRR State Branch Committee presidents and vice presidents.
WMRR’s 2020-2022 State Branch Committee leaders
|NSW/ACT||Phil Carbins, State strategy & program manager NSW/ACT, SUEZ||Katherine Dodd, general manager & Principal Consultant, MRA Consulting Group|
|Queensland||Matthew McCarthy, resource recovery manager, Townsville City Council||Lacey Webb, principal consultant, Mandalay Technologies|
|SA||John Phillips, director, Think Environment||Geoff Webster, director, Waste and Management Services|
|Tasmania||Justin Jones, director, Just Waste Consulting||Michael Attard, team leader Sustainability, City of Launceston|
|Victoria||Kirstin Coote, manager, waste and recycling, City of Melbourne||Kelvin Davies, global project manager, Nextek|
|WA||Lia Barnett, senior civil engineer||–|
“The State Branch Committee represents our essential industry’s diverse operations in each jurisdiction, and along with the state working groups, form the backbone of WMRR. We are delighted that the nomination and election process drew a wide range and number of members; this continued engagement and commitment to the industry will no doubt drive WMRR forward,” Sloan said.
“I’d like to welcome all of our 2020-2022 State Branch presidents and vice presidents. Your role in leading your State Branch Committee is an important one and we look forward to working with you. And to all outgoing presidents and vice presidents, thank you. WMRR truly appreciates your time and commitment to the association.”
As the WARR industry works diligently to address the unrelenting challenge of plastic waste in Australia, Monday’s night’s ABC Four Corners program, Plastic Wars reiterated questions around the efficacy of the recycling model.
Lawyers from Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) and community groups have urged the Victorian government to immediately revoke its delay of the state’s Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018, due to come into force on July 1 this year, but placed on hold potentially until December 2021.