Wasted Space: When one Conference isn’t enough….

Dear Minister, I know it’s been some months since my last report but, in my defence, my schedule has been terrifyingly full. There’s not been a free moment, as I try to keep pace with these Aussies who are working their hearts out to beat those exports bans. It’s been exhausting watching the progress as …
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Why we should have a national landfill levy

  Australians want to take care of the environment, both locally and globally. That means preserving remaining natural habitat and reversing climate change. There are few that now quibble with protecting koala habitat or expanding renewables. When it comes to waste, we have set a national resource recovery target of 80 per cent by 2030. …
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AWRE takes a close look at waste and COVID

The opening session of the Australian Waste and Recycling Exhibition asked, ‘can waste and recycling successfully minimise the negative effects COVID-19?’ The panellists were Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW executive director Tony Khoury, Local Government NSW President Linda Scott, Veolia Head of Solid Waste Transport Jim Perry and MRA Consulting Group managing director Mike Ritchie.

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When is waste ‘waste’?

How many times have you heard: “I wish we could stop thinking of waste as ‘waste’ and start thinking of it as a resource”. While I support the sentiment, I dislike the phrase and particularly the word ‘wish’ because it implies that if we only think differently about waste then things will change for the …
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Clock ticking on National Waste Action Plan 2019

The National Waste Action Plan was agreed by Federal, State and Local governments in 2019 with the following targets: Ban on export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres. Reduce total waste generated in Australia by 10% per person by 2030. 80% average resource recovery rate from all waste streams following the waste hierarchy by …
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Steps towards a better solar PV industry

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology is playing a pivotal role in Australia’s necessary transition to a renewable and sustainable economy. According to the PV Institute, as of 30 September 2019 there were more than 2.2 million PV installations in Australia, with a combined capacity of over 13.9 gigawatts. While this represents a significant step towards a …
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