Waste claims by Morrison don’t match reality

Scott Morrison claimed his government was reducing the impact of plastic waste in Australia, and in Western Australia. But the reality is the recycling rate for plastic packaging has fallen from 18 per cent to 16 per cent and the reincorporation of recycled plastic in new packaging, which is crucial if we are to move towards a circular economy, has fallen by a third, according to Labor Shadow Minister of the Environment Josh Wilson, who is also the federal member for Freemantle.

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New uses for old sports shoes

Most Aussie parents know how quickly kids either grow out or wear out of school shoes. They either get handed down or thrown in the rubbish – adding to the millions of shoes that end up in landfill each year.   Read more

Turning residual plastic into fuel and nanomaterials

No matter how many times you try and recycle plastic, one day it will reach end of life. As a waste stream it is problematic – landfills don’t want it, while environmentalists believe burning it when it is in is residual state, no matter how ‘clean’ the technology, is unacceptable. Those who champion zero waste would rather researchers, and those that produce plastic, work on ways of making it more biodegradable, or give it properties that greatly reduce its end-of-life impact on the environment.

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