Looming data avalanche poses big challenges for environmental agencies

Looming data avalanche poses big challenges for environmental agencies

However, while the amount of data collected by the monitoring stations is significant, it pales in comparison to what is coming. Evolving networks of air sensors current being deployed across the globe will cause a data avalanche that could overwhelm those trying to make sense of it. The challenge is being caused by rapid improvements …
Hidden treasure beneath our feet

Hidden treasure beneath our feet

Wherever you go in the world, roadsides are rarely pristine. Various detritus including bits of cardboard, dust, glass, grit, metal, paper, plastic, leaves, wood and other organics often accumulate on highways. For this reason, street sweeping machines are commonplace on Australian streets, but what happens to the material they collect? Normally it is just seen …
Progress to 100% renewable energy in Victoria

Progress to 100% renewable energy in Victoria

These are ambitious targets and the following questions need to be asked: Are these targets being aimed for elsewhere? If so, what progress are these other countries making toward achieving these targets? In those countries what are the distinctive developments that are allowing such progress to be made? Does Victoria have similar policies, programs and …
The state of the waste data

The state of the waste data

The SOE concludes that: “Despite an overall increase in waste generation, Australia’s total disposal tonnage decreased from about 21.5 megatonnes to about 19.5 megatonnes (about 9.5%) between 2006-07 and 2010-11. During this period, the resource recovery rate in Australia increased from 51% to 60%. The quantity of material recycled increased significantly from 21.4 megatonnes to 27.3 megatonnes …
Supreme court hands down significant decision for waste management

Supreme court hands down significant decision for waste management

Although the matter related to a criminal prosecution in the Environment Resources and Development (ERD) Court, there were some significant findings about matters of principle as they relate to the interpretation of the Environment Protection Act that will affect the waste industry moving forward. The facts Waste material had been received onto a former landfill …
Our climate is changing. Can the waste sector help?

Our climate is changing. Can the waste sector help?

Despite clear and overwhelming evidence that our climate is changing right now, the appetite for action at a political level is diminishing. In Australia, the Climate Council was defunded, the carbon tax abolished, and a general sense seems to be settling in that climate change doesn’t really matter. Globally it’s even worse. Climate change is …
Charged up and raring to go

Charged up and raring to go

Lewis reflects on her time at ABRI, the lessons she’s learnt, and tells Inside Waste (IW) about her book that will be published shortly. IW: You’ve been a prominent figure in the sector for a while now, thinking back on when you first started, what drew you to the industry? Lewis: I came to the waste and recycling sector …
NSW council amalgamations - lessons, trends, considerations

NSW council amalgamations – lessons, trends, considerations

On May 12, two proclamations under the Act commenced and 19 newly amalgamated councils began operations, including Armidale Regional Council, the merger of Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra Shire Councils, Inner West Council, comprising Ashfield, Leichhardt Municipal and, Marrickville Councils, and CanterburyBankstown Council, merging Bankstown City and Canterbury City Councils. 12 merger proposals are pending and …

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